April 7: Reverent Submission
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
Jesus shows us how to pray to God. He shows us what our relationship with God can be like. He talks to God “with fervent cries and tears.” What honesty, humility, integrity, and candor! It is here in this text that we see Jesus as fully human, experiencing great anguish at the uncertainty of what lies ahead and struggling to understand what it meant to be the Son of God, fully divine. And when one realizes the kind of vulnerability that comes with choosing to love as God loves, one opens oneself up to suffering. That is “reverent submission”!
I’m reminded of the joyous words found in an old hymn: “Blessed Assurance”
Perfect submission, all is at rest.
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
Submission to God for Jesus was not an automatic response. He had to come to terms with it. And when he did, he was in awe, becoming assured that he was heard by God. The “one who could save him from death” did so but not in the way one would expect. His deliverance came not before his death but after it. “… God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.” (Acts 2:24)
Teach us how to pray, Lord, that we can learn to listen to you, deepen our relationship with you, and discover the love and joy of reverent submission. Amen