“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Mark 14:36

Imagine knowing the mind of God, all his plans and wisdom, but having a human body and knowing what pain is required to complete them. What kind of person would be able to face that and not want relief from it? What kind of human being could bear up under the weight of his own torture and execution for the sake of others, in spite of his own innocence.

Nobody, it turns out! If even Jesus cried out for mercy, we can too. Just remember the crucial phrase: “yet not what I will, but what you will, Lord.”

Ethan Kirl