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Mark 14:36

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 36 And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to you; take away this cup from me. Nevertheless not what I will, but what you will."2 [Jesus told us six times that we too must deny ourselves and pick up our cross daily — long before he went to the cross himself. So he went to the horrible death of the cross as an example to us of the obedience necessary to slay our selfish spirit on the inward cross of self-denial so that we could be reconciled to God: The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. John 14:31.]

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2 Abba, Father, all things are possible to you; take away this cup from me. Nevertheless not what I will, but what you will. Jesus had previously told his disciples many times that he must be lifted up on the cross; he knew he was to be crucified, and he knew it was the Father's will. He told us six times that we too must deny ourselves and pick up our cross daily — long before he went to the cross himself. So he went to the horrible death of the cross as an example to us of the obedience necessary to slay our selfish spirit so that we could be reconciled to God: The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. John 14:31. To give further emphasis that He was always obedient to what the Father commanded Him to do, Jesus shows us that he would have preferred another way than crucifixion, but He dismissed his own thoughts to yield to the Fathers's will. As Jesus only did what was the will of the Father, only speaking what He was told to speak, only judging as He was told to judge, only doing what the Father showed Him to be done, so must we crucify our selfish, sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial so that we can do the will of the Father too, which is to be told what to say, what to do, and what to think. Jesus clearly tells us this is the only way to heaven: only he who does the will of the Father shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Mat 7:21. From the Word of the Lord within: "Whatever God commands, whether it be dying on the cross, we obey; howeve financially strait, however it affects our reputation, however ruinous."

Not only did Jesus know He was to be crucified, He also knew that He was to beaten, first by the High Priest's Jewish guards and then to be brutally beaten by the entire Roman garrison so much that he no longer looked like a man, Isa 52:14; some translations say beaten beyond any man had ever been beaten before. We know from Jesus' many statements that He fully accepted the necessity of His death by crucifixion, but perhaps He wished for an alternative to the unprecedented brutality he immediately faced; or perhaps He feared He might not be able to maintain His peace while undergoing a beating by the entire Roman garrison. But he presented His body to be sacrificed, as we are similarly advised: I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service and worship. Rom 12:1.

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