There was only one reason why Jesus was able to take the cross with the grit and courage He showed: worship. During the Last Supper, Jesus knew the time of His crucifixion was quickly approaching. Matthew 26:30 notes that Jesus worshipped before heading out to the Garden of Gethsemane where He would be betrayed. How did He worship? The Bible records that He, along with His disciples, sang a hymn.
Jesus turned to worship as He was about to enter into His suffering because Jesus lived a lifestyle of worship.
Yes, Jesus Christ, fully human, worshipped God during His darkest hour, but it was not a last-minute action born from panic, desperation or fear. No way! Isaiah 50:7 says that Jesus’ face was “set like flint”. He absolutely knew what was coming and prepared Himself to face it by worshipping. Jesus didn’t worship as a last resort. He worshipped first.
Jesus turned to worship as He was about to enter into His suffering because Jesus lived a lifestyle of worship. Worship was His natural response in all things because He had built a lifestyle of habitual worship and as a result, His mind was set on glorifying God through worship, at all times, and in every circumstance- even to the point of death. Talk about a sacrifice of praise!
Even so, Jesus did ask God to remove “this cup” from His future- and God did not. Why? Because God has an eternal perspective that exists far outside of time. God had a greater plan in place, one in which Jesus’ pain and death would bring the salvation of the world. Jesus prepared His spirit for death through worship because He understood the power of God’s presence and how necessary it would be to get Him through His darkest hour.
Thought for today
“Let us look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2) When you are facing your most difficult seasons in life, look to Jesus. Worship. His example of a lifestyle of worship is your example. Whatever you’re facing, Jesus went first. He will complete your faith and get you through to the other side in victory. It’s critical to your ability to obtain the victory in the worst of the worst that you develop a lifestyle of worship at Jesus did! Worship God in all seasons, but especially when it hurts.