Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. (Luke 22:41-44)
The above verses are from the passage of Scripture we will be looking at during this Sunday's worship service message. Here, we see a prayer that was straightforward and honest, and yet expressed complete trust and submission to God’s will. At the same time, we see the agony that Jesus experienced in preparing to face the humiliation, suffering, and ultimately God’s judgment and wrath for our sins, that He would incur as He went to the cross. All of this done for our sake!