Summary: WHAT DO YOU DO IF THERE IS NO OTHER WAY? Submit to God and Do it His way.
I have often asked myself this question. What do you do when there is no other way but to do it God’s way?
That is an overwhelming duh!!!!! You submit to God and you do it His way.
I got to thinking about this one night and I started thinking about the time that Jesus was in the Garden just before He was betrayed by Judas and arrested, which led to His crucifixion and death on the cross. I have often wondered what was Jesus thinking about? If you read the encounter in the Gospel of Matthew you can clearly see that Jesus was in agony about what was going to happen and He was in this state because He knew that there was no other way to redeem mankind accept through His death on the cross.
This is the story of when Jesus was about to be crucified for the sin of the whole world. The man who He appointed to be one of His disciples was about to betray him. Jesus knew was about to happen and knew there was nothing that could prevent it from happening. He went off to pray and began to inquire of His Father, if there was another way, but there was no answer. He prayed some more and told His Father to the point of begging to let this cup pass from him. But there was no answer. Finally a third time Jesus said to His Father “If it is not possible for this cup to pass from me, lest I drink it, may your will be done.”
If Jesus knew that this was the only way that man could be redeemed, why did He ask the Father to take all this from Him and find another way? God’s wrath, His Father was going to be poured out on Him. Jesus was going to bear the punishment of the sin of all mankind and he felt the weight of that condition on Him. Jesus being both God and man had two sides and they were in constant conflict. Jesus felt the condition of man’s separation from God.
All of us at some time have been confronted with a similar situation that Jesus was in where we needed the Lord to intervene or we needed God’s help in something and the Lord shows us a way, but we don’t like the way he is telling us to do something.
So we begin to do the same thing that Jesus did we begin to seek and pray and ask the Lord for another way. We also try to find another way ourselves. Sometimes we think we got all the answers. Why do we do that? Because what God is asking is to do is going to require us to make some sacrifices, it’s going to be something that is going to make us uncomfortable and it might hurt.
But there was one thing that Jesus did every time He prayed to His Father. He not only prayed to see if there was another way to accomplish God’s will, but He submitted to the known will of His Father. Jesus knew He was the lamb that was sent to take away the sin of the world. Jesus makes several references throughout the gospels that He knew why He came into this world, Jesus knew that there was no other way
But when Jesus went to the cross he didn’t go with bitterness and contempt in his heart for man or for His Father, he did it with joy. Hebrews 12:3 “Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising its shame.” The experience of a crucifixion was not a joyful experience for Jesus, but what was going to be accomplished through his willingness and obedience that was the joy that was set before him.