What did the Lord mean, "Let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will?"

What did the Lord mean, "Let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will?"

Before Gethsemane, the Lord Jesus said, "What shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify Thy name" (John 12:27,28). After Gethsemane He said, "The cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?" (John 18:11). There was no possibility of His turning from or being unwilling to go to Calvary. Gethsemane itself carries a weight of grief and a depth of wonder exceeding perhaps any other scene. This is holy ground! Together, Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s accounts portray immense emotional suffering that expressed itself physically. His sorrow was to the point of death, to the limit of the human frame. His anguish was accompanied by godly reverence and dependence (Hebrews 5:7). Each statement of prayer includes the submission of His will to the Father’s. It could not have been otherwise.

Such was the enormity of Golgotha’s awaiting suffering that He would never have endured it unless this was His Father’s will. Each exploration of an alternative was fully submissive. Gethsemane’s question was, "Can divine Persons find any other way but Calvary to deal with sin?" Gethsemane’s answer? " No."

D. Oliver