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A Submissive Love

Anchor Devotional - 07.13.15


"He went away a second time and prayed, 'My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.'"

(Matthew 26:42)

Matthew 26:17-30

Dread. Do you know what complete dread feels like? Ever been in circumstances that filled your soul with such anxiety that it felt like you’d collapse under the weight of it? Our Savior knows this feeling all too well. Here is another assurance that Jesus experienced the full depth of human emotion and can fully relate to us in our deepest suffering. He says to His disciples, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” These are the words of a man seized by dread.

Yet in the face of inescapable, pressing trouble, Jesus exercises a submissive love toward His Father in heaven. Matthew’s account records that Jesus returns to pray at least three times to passionately plead for the same thing: some other way, an alternate plan. All the while He recognizes that the Father’s will is paramount and unshakably trustworthy. There is no submission without trust. Jesus submitted to the Father’s will out of the depths of His love, and now we have received His gift of salvation. We’ve nothing to dread!

Scripture Focus

Matthew 26:17-30

Insight

Consider that you may need to pray, "Anything is possible for you, God, but if there's no other way, I will still trust you."

Read the Bible

  • 2 Chronicles 9-10
  • Psalm 12
  • Matthew 18