Matthew 26: Surrendering to God
I was at a small group last night, and we were talking about how hard it is for some people to want to surrender control of their lives to Jesus Christ. We kind of have some type of innate selfishness that motivates us to want to do things our way.
In Matthew 26, Jesus Christ, the most powerful person in the universe, showed His willingness to follow through with the will of God. Even though He had prayed twice that if it was possible, He would like the cup to pass from Him, it was clear that these events needed to happen.
Mat 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Mat 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Mat 26:54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
If you recall, this took place immediately after one of the disciples sliced off the ear of one of the people who was arresting Jesus.
He makes a great point. He could have been pulled out of the situation, but this was how it had to be. He simply understood that as difficult as this entire experience was going to be for Him, He was the perfect sacrifice. Way back in the Garden of Eden, it was prophesied that one was coming who would crush the head of the serpent.
I think that if Jesus Christ was willing to follow the will of God all the way to the cross, it should not be that difficult for me to give that control away as well. It should not be that difficult, but it is. I think that we can learn a lot from the example of Jesus here. He was willing to lay down His power because He knew it was more important to follow the will of the Father.