v27 "Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour"
Jesus knew what was coming- the ultimate trial of death. His soul was troubled, but he knew this was for the greater good. He had that relationship and Godly perspective on things. He could have avoided it and called upon angels to save Him, but he chose to go through the pain for others benefit, our benefit.
My 40th year was kind of a rough one. Some pretty big trials in my life- marriage/work. I see a lot of people going through a lot worse (cancer, loss of childen/family, health issues) but still trials nonetheless. I am glad to be coming out of those and I can certainly see where I am benefitting on this side of things- praise God!!
No one likes trials and painful situations, but if we look at Jesus as our model we can choose to see how God wants to use them... and I think He can and will use them if we look from this perspective. They can either eat us alive and destroy us or they can make us stronger (like the old adage whatever doesn't kill me....)
v23-28 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”
I am blessed that 41 has been a much much better year lately and I will certainly glorify His name as He has come through for me and answered prayers. He has done more than I can ask or imagine (I adopted Eph.3:20 for my verse for 2016).
Now I know trails are ahead. I am enjoying downtime at the moment, but I know my faith muscle has been strengthened.