Today you should read: Mark 14:32-72
What a famous passage of scripture. I remember this scene from the movie The Passion of the Christ that portrayed the quivering Savior preparing for what was ahead.
This passage contains some of the most well-known verses in all of Scripture. We see Jesus on His face before the Father with a heart willing to obey, asking God for the chalice of death to be taken from Him. It wasn’t death that He dreaded but the full wrath of God and the sin of the world upon Himself. Then we see the apostles – who could forget the story of them falling asleep while Jesus is in agony? We read Jesus’ famous words: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (v38). Then we see one of His own disciples betray Him and the religious fakes question and beat Him. As if all that isn’t enough, we see Peter do something he never thought he would do: deny Jesus three times. I’d say this passage is pretty significant.
For today’s application, I want to take a little bit of a different approach from the usual teachings of this passage; I want to focus on it as a whole.
Inadequate thankfulness. That’s what is inside of my heart; it’s full of it. How about yours? Can you relate? Jesus poured out everything and willingly took the wrath of God for our sin and for God’s glory.
In verse 34 Jesus says, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death”. In verse 36, He asks God for the cup to pass, but that request was conditional upon God’s will which was Jesus’ first priority.
He knew what was to come and He chose to obey, for God and also for me and you. When I read this story, it reminds me of the incredible sacrifice that Jesus offered, and I can’t help but reflect on how inadequate my thankfulness to Him truly is. Am I overwhelmed with thankfulness to Jesus for what He went through to save me and spare me from the suffering and punishment that I deserve? He took my place and went through the incomprehensible pain of the pouring out of God’s wrath, and He chose it. He chose to follow through with the plan. Wow!
Let’s check our hearts and respond with worshipful thanksgiving for what Christ went through for us. Continue to cultivate that kind of heart. What would it look like to live a life that is in constant thankfulness for what Christ has done? Thank Him today.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione