As you know, I teach a lot on words – God’s and ours. Words are extremely important because, as Keith Moore says, “If you have control of your mouth, you have control of your life!”
Today I want to talk about the most important word in the Bible. I can just hear many of you suggesting which one it is but I think you’ll be surprised when I tell you what I have learned from Charles Capps.
Mark 14:35-36 (KJV) 35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Here we see that Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane – the night before His crucifixion. This is so intense that He is actually sweating blood! And then He prays the above prayer.
I want to remind you that Jesus always got His prayers answered. Without going into detail, He prays that if at all possible, God would take away what is about to happen to Him – complete separation from His Father and being made sin for us by taking on His sinless pure body all the ugliness and horror of mankind’s sin. He would actually take our place to pay for our sins so that we could be brought back into fellowship with our Father God.
So, Jesus prays that God would take away what is about to happen – but, thank the Lord of Glory, Jesus says – nevertheless, not My will but Yours, Father! If He had not prayed that way and God granted his request, we’d all be on our way to hell with no hope of ever being redeemed!
We have so much to be thankful for!