The Battle of the Wills

Kneeling in Gethsemane | Guideposts

It started in a Garden.

Adam, as a representative of mankind had a suggestion, a lie put to him that God was with holding something good from him and if he just had that thing he would be so wise. Adam believed the lie, He went against God’s wishes; he chose what he thought was good over what God had told him was good.

There actually doesn’t seem to be much of a battle; just a straight surrender to the wrong, to the evil, to the disobedience, to the sin which led to banishment and separation from God.

But another time, another garden there is another battle.

Here we see a ‘second Adam’ and this man is weeping it out, in total anguish of soul, sweating great drops of blood so great is this battle.

This second Adam was facing the punishment the first Adam brought in. The punishment a horrific, agonising death, a death so great that it would lead to separation from His Father. A separation He had never had before even though He was a ‘son of Adam’, a ‘son of Man’, He was also the ‘Son of God’ and He was in agony at the thought. He balked at the thought of it.

The battle was real.

The battle was for the souls of men.

What to do? Was there another way?

So He asked His Father “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me”.

Did He look for another way? Did He hope for another way? Or did He just know that there was no other way?

So He surrendered.

Battle Won.

Not my Will.

BUT Yours be done.

The Second Adam won where the first Adam failed. The Second Adam could redeem what the first Adam broke. The Second Adam surrendered His will for that of His Father’s; He surrendered in the battle over wills so that there would be victory for the souls of men.

Which battle are you fighting today? Where do you need to surrender? Where do you need to say – Not my Will, but Yours be done?

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