No One Else’s Pain
“Even there, in Gethsemane, [Jesus] trusted His Father with all His troubles. Their relationship, a brutally honest one, was everything to Him. Like any other human being, Jesus didn’t relish the prospect of torture. Unlike any other human being, He was prepared to experience the agony of ultimate loneliness because (and I’d never dare say this if it wasn’t clearly said in Scripture) it pleased the Father to bruise Him (Isaiah 53:10). Never was the Father pleased to bruise anyone else. No one else’s pain could get us into the family where God could reveal Himself as our Papa.”
Dr. Larry Crabb, The PAPA Prayer, Page 49
Questions for Reflection:
• Is there any need you’re praying for God to meet that you’ve made an affirmative answer the litmus test of His goodness?
• What does Jesus’ heartfelt plea and His trusting acceptance of His Father’s “no” call us to believe being in relationship with God means?