First He prayed, “Everything is possible for you.” A word of faith. Of truth.
Then He prayed, “Take this cup from me.” His honest, heart-felt cry. The pain, the suffering bubbling-up out of His humanity.
“Yet not what I will but what you will” (Mark 14: 34, 36). A choice to follow God wherever He leads. A desire to do His Father’s will. A deferment to God’s wisdom, God’s way because He trusts God is good.
When Jesus prayed these words the night of His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, the man who knew no sin acquiesced to the suffering strain of our sin. The anticipation of such suffering brought Him great sorrow — to the point of death. But still He chose God’s will over His own.
Jesus knew that God could prevent the cross.
Everything is possible with You.
But He chose the way of the cross. For us. For you and for me. Why? For the joy our salvation would bring Him.
For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).
We can live as Jesus did, no matter what we face or feel or fear, trusting the heart of the Father, who is good and wise and perfect. We can lay down our will for His, knowing that with God everything is possible.