The reading for today is Luke 22:42.
“Father if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
In this verse this cup is a metaphor for Jesus’ future suffering. It is clear from the Old Testament that the taking of the cup denotes that Jesus took upon himself the wrath of God so that he died for the sake of and instead of his people. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done. Jesus consciously, voluntarily, and obediently endured the cross.
In the beginning, Jesus taught his followers to pray The Lord’s Prayer, within which are the words, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Both then and near the end of his ministry, his prayer is for God’s will to be done.
Jesus was in agony in anticipation of bearing our sins in his own body on the cross, and therefore he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like teardrops falling down to the ground. There are both ancient and modern accounts on record of people sweating blood. It is a condition known as hemosiderosis, where extreme anguish or physical strain causes one’s capillary blood vessels to dilate and burst, mixing sweat and blood.
Luke’s main purpose is to highlight the intensity of Jesus’ emotional and physical trauma. His death on the cross was the “cup” which Jesus asks God to remove from him. Since Luke was a physician, we know he completely fathomed the pain Jesus felt.
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Prayer Concern: Those who suffer from intensely severe emotional or physical pain.