Christ's prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane is a masterpiece of instruction and encouragement. The prayer was not offered to be a masterpiece. It was the genuine agonizing of a soul that would soon face such miseries as had never been faced before and would never be face again!
I want us to think about this prayer, but also another prayer that Jesus prayed.
There are times where small words can have BIG impact in terms of meaning and understanding. Case in point....
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
The word that I want you to look at with me is the word “from.” The word “from” is a preposition.
The Meaning of the Word.
Think about the Word “From” - There are two shades of meaning here that I want you to see.
That little word "from" can mean:
1. From the Edge of - For example, if I was leaning up against the outside wall of a building, and went away from it, that would be one meaning of the word "from."
Also, the word "from" can mean
2. Out From Within. For example, if I was within this building and I left it....I would be going out from this building in the sense of leaving it (from within).
The word “from” in Hebrews 5:7 is the second definition.
The Understanding of This Word
This word "from” (in the sense of 'from the edge of') is here illustrated.
The Gethsemane Prayer
39 And he went a little further, and 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 thou wilt.
Here, Christ prays to be saved from the very edge of all that was coming on Him. He had not entered into it yet....He was, as it were, leaning up against it!
Here He was praying that If it was possible, that He would be saved from what was coming upon Him - so that he didn’t even have to enter into that physical, emotional, spiritual misery and humiliation, degradation and ultimate death.....
He, in essence, became us and suffered everything that was due us on account of sin!
2 Corinthians 5:21
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
He suffered a separation from His Father that we cannot really fathom! They had an approved and approving relationship / unity from eternity past.....and yet what Jesus experienced here was an accumulated abandonment by the Father, of every lost soul that has ever lived...
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
He was rejected by His Father on our account. He was sinking away from and out of His Father’s favor as He became sin for us!
Why? He had never done any wrong!
29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
But now the cry is “Why hast thou Forsaken Me?”