Thoughts From Toby

Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” - Jesus in John 12

Jesus has a way of putting things into perspective, doesn’t he? In the passage above, Jesus is preparing for what he is to face… his cross. He knows that it is fast approaching. He knows that he is getting ready to experience pain… physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. He knows that he is about to taste the fruit of humanity’s sin. He knows that he is about to, for the first time, experience separation from the Father. And what is his response? “Father, glorify your name!”

It is important to note that Jesus vocalizes his apprehension. His soul is deeply troubled. This is not something that he desires to experience. He even vocalizes the typical response to troubling circumstances: “Father, save me from this hour.” He turns right around and rejects that prayer, but it is important to note that he does vocalize it.

The greatest response to any circumstance in life is to yield ourselves to God. Letting go of control is not fun. Yet we see, in the example of Jesus, a life that is fully submissive to the Father’s will. Certainly there are situations in life when we cry out, “Father, save me from this hour!” This is a normal response to troubling situations. But in the end, may we recognize, as Jesus did, that the will of God takes precedence over our will. And may we have the courage to respond as Jesus did, “Father, glorify your name!”