Nevertheless – Weekly Sermon – March 18, 2018

Sunday 3/18/2018

“Nevertheless”

Luke 22:39-42

Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done.

Jesus was, is and will be an obedient son.

Submitting to the authority of his Father was not a matter that Jesus struggled with it was a natural attribute that he possessed.

Let’s look at some examples of this:

John 4:34

“My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”

John 6:38

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my will, but the will of him who sent me.”

John 5:30

“I can do nothing on my own initiative as I hear, I judge, my judgement is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of Him who sent me.”

John 8:29

And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

Luke 2:49 as a 12 year old

“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business:”

Christ got it, didn’t he?

Jesus spoke with authority, but his Father was the authority.

The 2nd Person of the Trinity left he place as the Crown Prince of Heaven to come to earth at the request of his Father.

John 1:14

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Our Savior left the glory of heaven to come here in submission to his Fathers will.

John 12:49

“For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”

There was but one moment that Jesus will and the will of the Father did not match perfectly.

The weight of the sins of the world was weighing upon the mind, heart and spirit of Jesus.

33 years of servitude to his Father were nearing the end.

All that Jesus had been sent, for commanded to do and expect to see through was about to be finished.

As he sought peace and communication with his Father in Gethsemene he poured out his heart in an emotional plea.

Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.

Father, if it be possible, permit this cup to pass from me.

Father, let this cup pass from me.

There were times that Jesus could have made decisions that may have conflicted with his Fathers will, but he didn’t.

Jesus lived a life in complete obedience to God.

He honored his Father’s authority.

His life was totally orchestrated by the Father and Jesus understood that it had to be carried out precisely.

Hebrews 10:7

“Then said I, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.”

His life and ministry was all about the will of God.

John 14:31

“But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.”

Everything was about doing as he was led to do and say by the Father.

Three pleas, from a son in emotional and spiritual agony and three moments of total silence from the Father in heaven.

Christ the Son of God, Crist in the flesh could not, could not have relished or looked forward to his Passion that he was moments of entering into.

If Christ’s will was not having to be beaten, scourged, humiliated and dying by impalement on a cross  and his heart to be broken, Could you have blamed him.

Aahh, whatever anxiety, fear, emotional turmoil, or spiritual breaking point that he could have had did not win the moment.

He did not break or falter when he received, but silence from heaven, he gathered his wits and said “Not my will Father, but thine be done.”

From that moment till he gave up his spirit, and cried out “It is finished” from his cross that which he feared and did not want, his will yearned for what  happened.

His Cup was not just the cross, his cup of will was his relationship and communication with his Father.

Never had he, not have a conversation with his Father until now.

So, ultimately what was the Father’s will that Christ so impeccably completed?

The Father’s will was that of all of mankind could have a direct personal relationship with him.

That could only be accomplished by God’s perfect Passover Lamb being sacrificed and it’s pure blood being offered as a substitute for our sins.

The Heavenly Father’s will was to implement the plan of redemption because he loved us.  Jesus came and provided the acts of and the means thereof.

If it was not for Jesus humility, meekness and obedience to his Fathers will, then we would still be under the Law and our sins throwing us under the bus.

The Fathers will, was and is that none would perish, but that all would come to repentance.

The Almighty sent his only precious son, who saw the Fathers will done, his own will rejected.

Christ had to learn obedience by experience so that he could relate to us.

Hebrews 4:15

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

Christ, submission to his Fathers will, came to a thundering crescendo on his cross at Calvary.

No greater example, could we ever find in the act of obedience to the will of God than Jesus.

“Nevertheless, Father not my will but thine be done.”

Christ told us how to pray and submit to our Father in heaven.

“Thy Kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

We pray those words every week here, “Thy will be done”

But do we mean it?

This is one of the hardest things for many Christians to say and truly mean.

Do we sometimes half mean it?

Father they will be done as long as I don’t have to reach too deep into my wallet.

Father they will be done?

As long as it doesn’t require much from me.  “Thy will be done as long as I don’t have to do anything that will cost me.

Many times our will and God’s will clash.

Unlike Jesus, but who only asked that he will be considered, when it wasn’t, he then willingly payed the cost, he gave everything on our behalf.

Christian, seek God’s will in your life, and then be willing to not just count the cost, but pay the cost if it’s necessary.

Nevertheless, Father not our will but thine be done!

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