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While Jesus was with His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane praying:  

    And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will."  Matthew 26:39

There is probably no more powerful statement in scripture that testifies to the divinity of Jesus than this statement: “not as I will, but as you will."  

We humans have tremendous will.  We often refer to our “will” as “willpower”.  This Lenten season we are reviewing just what this human will is all about.  Our human will(power) is the imposition of ourselves upon others and often upon God.  We want God shaped in our own image and that His will become our will. 

When Jesus prays those words in Gethsemane, He submits His will to the good and gracious will of our heavenly Father. 

    Who (God) desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Tim. 2:4   The journey following that prayer led to Jesus’ suffering, death, and burial.  The power of God’s will also brought about the resurrection and the gift to us of eternal life.  That is the “will” that Jesus submitted to in the garden. 

My will and your will goes in divergent paths from the will of God.  By the gracious Word of God, are hearts are brought to “the knowledge of the truth.” .  This knowledge is both understanding how divergent our paths are, and the gracious good news that God forgives us and empowers that truth in our lives for our complete salvation.

Pastor Schmidt

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Phone 402-729-5163
Address 1100 G. Street
Fairbury, NE 68352