We know from the book of John that Jesus and the Father are one. We know that Jesus did only what the Father did and spoke only what the Father told Him. So was it even possible for Jesus’ will to ever differ from the Father’s? When we find Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus is in absolute agony knowing what the plan of God was for Him. Matthew 26:38 says Jesus’ soul was exceedingly sorrowful. The Message Bible puts it this way: “This sorrow is crushing my life out“. Then in verse 39 (NLT) we find Jesus praying “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Clearly Jesus wanted to be released from what was to come upon Him. But even more clearly, Jesus wanted God’s will to be done not His. We know that Jesus never sinned. So having a different will from God’s is not sin or Jesus would have been in sin. Jesus’ submitted His will to that of the Father’s so that the plan to redeem mankind could be fulfilled. Sometimes following the plan of God is not easy. Sometimes following the plan of God causes us momentary pain or discomfort. Every single day each of us has decisions to make that will either agree or disagree with the plan of God. And sometimes God asks us to do things we do not want to do. Not wanting to do them doesn’t put you into sin. But not doing them does. Submission requires a “putting under” of your will and may require a bit of suffering. But submission to God, no matter the ramifications, will always bring us one step closer to the glory of God.
30 I and My Father are one.” John 10:30 (NKJV)
49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. John 12:49 (NKJV)
19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. John 5:19 (NKJV)
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 (NKJV)