And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch". Mark 14:33-34 (ESV)
It has been a little over a week since we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Throughout what some would refer to as Passion Week, I found myself with a keen awareness of the sorrow and fear that the humanity of Jesus felt. This realization caused me to love Jesus even more, because what I learned from reading Mark’s account of Jesus’ preparation for His arrest, is that like us, obedience was not easy for Jesus.
God never guaranteed life would be easy, and obedience can be even more difficult. The word used for troubled is unique to the gospel of Mark. The word for troubled “adémoneó” means to feel fear, lack courage, or even be distressed. The HCSB translation even goes as far as to use the word terrified. Jesus was terrified of what He was about to go through, yet He was obedient.
Mark’s account of the garden episode is a prime example of what the author of Hebrews meant when he said that we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses. We run because of fear of man, Jesus does not. We run because we fear our comfortable lives can be turned upside down, however Jesus gave his life for us, in obedience, to glorify God.
When we put it in perspective, obedience in our own lives doesn’t seem that difficult does it? Obedience is rarely fun and exciting. Obedience daily can mean humbling ourselves, forgiveness, and being inconvenienced. Maybe obedience means cutting out a television show or something that may be dulling your spiritual senses. It may not be easy, but obedience never comes without reward. Let’s put our obedience in perspective this week and get behind our feelings. Is God nudging you? Now is the time to respond.
Jesus I thank you so much that despite your momentary sorrow, you were obedient, and gave your life for me. Help me to submit to your will today, and to be obedient even what I am afraid, when I am tired, or when I simply don’t feel like it. I love you Lord, help me to glorify you by my obedience in my thoughts and actions. In Your Holy Name I pray, Amen.
Has God been nudging you to do something you’re afraid of doing?
How can we submit to obedience this week?