Gethsemane Part II

Jesus said, “Papa, Father, you can-can’t you?-get me out of this. Take my cup away from me. But please, not what I want-what do you want?” (Mark 14:36 THE MESSAGE) The MESSAGE:

Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:43
In Your Bible: Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:43

Jesus took all eleven disciples aside to pray with him. Yes, they failed to stay alert for him in his deep prayer and struggle over the difficult journey God had for him. Only Luke tells that God sent a messenger to encourage Jesus. At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face (Luke 22:43 THE MESSAGE).

Jesus’ Intimate Prayer

Mark shows the intimacy Jesus has with the Father with two key words. He said, “Papa, Father” in his appeal for the Father’s will to be done – not his own. The word may be more commonly heard as Abba, Aramaic for the word my father.

The Believers’ Intimate Position in Christ

The apostle Paul writes to the Romans and the Galatians about the importance of being able to say “Abba! Father!” He affirms it is the believers’ position with God. The translation “Papa” may resonate more with some who are familiar with that word. Jesus intimacy with the Father is something we can rely on. We too can have a powerful relationship with the Father through Jesus. If we can call God our Father (or Abba or Papa), everything becomes bearable.

Paul writes, You see, you have not received a spirit that returns you to slavery, so you have nothing to fear. The Spirit you have received adopts you and welcomes you into God’s own family. That’s why we call out to Him, Abba! Father!” as we would address a loving daddy (Romans 8:15 The Voice Bible).

Paul also writes, Because you are now part of God’s family, He sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts; and the Spirit calls out, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6 The Voice Bible). These intimate words for Father make all the difference in believers’ position as they come to Papa with requests, praises, questions, and even just pondering the Word.

Application: At Gethsemane the sleepy disciples saw the agony Jesus endured in his appeal to the Father – they wrote about it! In Jesus prayer, we read the intimacy – Abba, Papa. The apostle Paul also shows every believer has available closeness to the Father.

Prayer: Father, thank you for allowing us, yes us, even us to call you with the intimacy as Jesus showed us to do.

Question: What difference could it make in your prayer life when you address God as “Papa” Father?

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