The Troubled Savior
If we, being the shallow creatures that we are, sometimes experience feelings that go so deep we can’t utter them in any meaningful way, then what of our Lord during His sojourn among us? In John, chapter twelve, when Jesus announced the arrival of His “hour,” (v.23) meaning the divinely appointed time for His ministry to reach critical mass leading to His death on the cross, He tells His followers of His troubled heart. The weight and fate of the world hung squarely on Him. Throughout His life He had a choice! And every day, He made the same choice. Every single day, He did His Father’s will and learned the daily cost of obedience. Now at this critical hour, He says, “What shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour?’” There is no human help available to Him, so He turns, as was quite natural for Him, to His Abba Father (see Mark 14:39). The Lamb of God knew that His Father loved Him dearly. There could be no hint of a doubt about that. And there wasn’t! But He and His Father had agreed long, long ago upon a plan designed to save a world. That’s why He would not pray, “Save Me from this hour!” But instead prayed, “Father, glorify Your Name!” The God Who always hears the prayers of His children, heard the prayer of His only begotten Son. And the Father’s voice broke into this sensory world, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” Though our Lord was troubled, He was not in doubt! He stated that the voice the people heard was for their sakes, not for His. The climactic moment of human history was less than a week away. The Lamb would offer Himself as the atoning sacrifice for the world. And though the path laid out for Him involved indescribable grief and pain, He triumphed over His trouble to our eternal good! Bless His Name!