Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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From a sermon by Pastor John
“I thank you, Father, that you have heard me.
And I knew that you always hear me.”
John the apostle wrote (1Jn. 3:21-22), “If our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God, and whatever we ask, we receive from Him because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” Every prayer Jesus ever prayed to the Father was answered because he kept God’s commandments and then went beyond the mere commandments of God to do the things that pleased Him. His heart was right with God and, so, he prayed according to the will of God.
In the Garden of Gethsemene, Jesus prayed that he would not be required to go through the agonies of the cross. From what I have seen, most readers of the Bible overlook the fact that God answered that prayer and that Jesus was not forced by his Father to die on the cross if he did not choose to do so. After those long hours of tearful supplication to his Father, Jesus told Peter, when he pulled out a sword to rescue Jesus from the mob that had come to arrest him, “Do you think I am unable to cry out to my Father and He will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?” In other words, the Father had told the Son that he did not have to suffer the brutality of the whipping post, the cruel mockery of evil men, or death by crucifixion if he did not choose to do so.
The Father did not force His Son to die; what took Jesus to the cross was his love for us. Who else could pay the price for our redemption from sin? Jesus could have escaped the cross, but if he had chosen to escape it, if he had called for heaven’s angels to deliver him, every human who had ever lived would have been lost, cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer forever in its flames.
Everything and everybody depended on Jesus, the Son of the living God, and everything and everybody still does, whether they realize it or not.