{Matthew 26:39; ESV}

And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

The last act of our Lord, in commending His spirit at the close of His life, was only a summing up of what He had been doing all His life.  He had been offering the sacrifice of Himself all the years, and in thus sacrificing He had lived the divine life.  Every morning when He went out before it was day, every evening when He lingered on the shadowed mountain after His friends were gone, He was offering Himself to His Father in the communion of loving words, high thoughts, speechless feelings.  In between, He turned to do the same thing in deed, namely, in loving word, in helping thought, in healing actions toward His fellows because the way to worship God while the daylight lasts is to work; the service of God, the only “divine service,” is the helping of our fellows.

George MacDonald, The Best of George MacDonald, p. 105

Questions to consider:

  • Why is it important for us to understand that Jesus intentionally surrendered His life to God?
  • Why is it vital to surrender our lives to God every day?
  • What difference does surrendering to God make in our lives?
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