John 12:27-28 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. “Father, glorify Your name.”
This is one of my favorite verses. Can you imagine what the Lord was going through? His time had come. This was the culmination of His earthly ministry. Something that had been planned before time began and it all came down to this moment.
All of human history and redemption hang in the balance of what is going to happen. Jesus Christ, the only man to live a perfect, sinless life is going to pay for the sin of all those that would believe, past, present and future. This is too much for my mind to comprehend. To understand all that is involved in this moment in time is un-imaginable, but it was God’s plan.
If you are a Believer, can you think about your life after salvation, and consider what this means to you now? Think about the physical pain, the mocking, the beating, taking on the wrath of God and then the separation from His Father? The only time in all of eternity the Son was separated from the Father. It’s incredible to consider.
What do Believer’s do with this verse? It is certainly something to be admired but should we admire the words of the Lord and not allow it affect us significantly? I see (4) great lessons in this very simple prayer.
My soul is troubled.
We all experience troubled souls. Maybe it’s because of our sin or maybe by life’s circumstances; whatever is troubling you we can call on Jesus. Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Father, save me.
The Lord did not ask to be delivered from His trial. He embraced His trial and accessed the power available to Him. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. When you are tempted to sin in your times of trouble seek the One that can truly help.
Believers have a purpose and we need to be focused on the mission. Despite the hardships and trials Jesus embraced His mission. Our job is also to embrace the mission. 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. Whether the message is popular or unpopular our mission is to preach the word.
Glorify the Father.
Why did Jesus suffer so much shame and reproach from sinful men? I hope you know the answer. Brothers and Sisters we have a simple job. We are to bring God glory. Ephesians 1:12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
Consider what that time must have been like for the Lord Jesus as He agonized over the shame that was set before Him. Yet He went willingly that those who would trust in Him would be saved. I am crushed by the weight of this thought. Who am I that He would consider me in the hour He prayed to His Father that I would be saved.
Yes I benefit from it but it wasn’t for my benefit. To the praise of His glory… and that’s too much for me to comprehend.