The ultimate example of surrender in the Bible is Jesus’ death on the Cross. He knowingly submitted to a brutal, senseless execution to pay the ransom and set us free.
The Surrender of Jesus
It is easy to think that the Cross was something effortless for Jesus to do. After all, He was “God in the flesh”.
But, this isn’t the way the Bible portrays it. Look at what we are told about his state of mind when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane just before His betrayal.
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luke 22:44 ESV
Jesus was in torment knowing what He was about to face.
He didn’t want to have to die on the Cross. Who would? He even prayed fervently for another way.
“Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Mark 14:36 NLT
Look carefully at this scripture. Jesus’ will was for this cup of suffering to be taken from Him. He didn’t want to have to bear it.
But once again, just like we saw with Mary yesterday, Jesus says, “Thy will be done.”
God’s Will for Your Life
I’ve heard it said about difficult situations that a loving God would never let “that” happen.
We want to believe that as Christ Followers our lives should be happy and trouble-free.
The truth is the world is a harsh and ruthless place. God himself in the person of Jesus surrendered to one of the crudest and most barbaric forms of execution ever dreamed up.
God never really tells us that He’ll take us around the storms. He says, He’ll get us through them.
Our job is to accept God’s will for our lives. Even when it isn’t easy. Even when we don’t understand.
So, when you are struggling, here’s what the Bible says to do:
Think of all the hostility [Jesus] endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin. Hebrews 12:3-4 NLT
Whatever you are facing – trials, difficulties, temptation, persecution, resistance – ask yourself, “How does it compare to what Jesus endured on the Cross?”
He set the ultimate example for surrendering to the will of God. You and I haven’t given our lives yet. Therefore, we haven’t exhausted all the strength we have to give.
If the cup cannot be taken from us, then we must copy Jesus and pray, “May your will be done.”