We are capturing one conviction each day in these three areas (and doing it in the third):
- About God: In Gethsemane, Jesus prayed to have the "this cup taken from me. Yet not as I will but as you will." Mark 14.36 We have a long and storied history of Christian martyrs who face their death with absolute resolve (Polycarp: "Why do you delay (to his executioner)? Come do what you will." Ignatius: "I am writing to all the Churches and I enjoin all, that I am dying willingly for God's sake, if only you do not prevent it. I beg you, do not do me an untimely kindness. Allow me to be eaten by the beasts, which are my way of reaching to God. I am God's wheat, and I am to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts, so that I may become the pure bread of Christ.") So why does Jesus pray for a change of plans?