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. 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. 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.
Yet, in spite of His resolve, 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.
Worship Wins the War Within, First
Isaiah 50:7 says that Jesus’ face was “set like flint”. He knew what was coming. That is why He worshipped at the Last Supper. Worship is a spiritual discipline that builds spiritual strength over time as you spent time in the presence of God. The Lord dwells within the praise of His people (Psalm 22:3) and as you worship Him, the benefits and outflow of His presence begin to take root inside of your spirit. The enemy fully understands the true power of praise better than most Christians, which is why he works so hard o counterfeit worship, redirect worship and exhaust and deplete the worshipper. The last thing Satan wants is for you to be battle ready and capable of victory!
As a man who was fully human, Jesus had a natural response to the horrible ordeal He was about to face. That is why He asked the Father to remove the “cup” from Him. But He also had a supernatural response- and that was worship. Jesus turned to worship in the moments before He was about to enter into His suffering because Jesus lived a lifestyle of worship. Jesus didn’t worship as a last resort. He worshipped first.
Thought for today: Praise Provides Protection
Psalm 91:1 (MEV) says, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The safest place for your soul is within the protection of the presence of God and that is created supernaturally through your ministry to the Lord in praise and worship. Jesus was able to face an agonizing, painful death with courage and strength not because He was God, but because He was a worshipper!
“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.
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