We adore you O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and He said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then He said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, He threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” (Matthew 26: 36 – 39)
“I give up. I quit”.
Many times in the hardest situations of life we say these words. Some might think it’s the best option or for some might be the only option. Life on earth was never easy, is never easy, and yes, will never be easy. It is a roller coaster ride where sometimes we’re on top, sometimes we’re at the bottom. And there will come a time that we’re not just at the bottom, we’re actually at the lowest possible bottom that we can be.
This hard truth became true even in Jesus’ life. He, the Son of the Almighty God, once hit the bottom. When He was about to be crucified, He felt the agony of the suffering that was about to come. His agony that even brought Him to say to His father, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me”. An agony that brought Him to the point of almost giving up.
We can learn so much about this one point of Jesus’ life.
First, it’s perfectly ok to cry out our heart to our Father in heaven. Just like our parents here on earth, our Father in heaven will be delighted to hear our honest feelings about what we are going through.
Second, just as Jesus was really close to the fulfilment of His calling when He felt this agony, let us be reminded not to give up on the hardest part of our life because God’s purpose is just that close. Let it be an encouragement for us that in our pain and suffering, we are actually at the center of God’s will and purpose.
At the end, Jesus finished the race with the fulfilment of God’s promise for humankind because He stayed faithful to His calling. May we also fight the good fight of faith and finish the race for we know the prize are the precious words of God, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”