The Spirit is Willing, but the Flesh is Weak
In a few days we celebrate Good Friday, the day Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. There is so much to share about that day however, today I want to share with you something I learned about Jesus’ Garden Experience.
Let’s read Matthew 26:36-41 and unpack the revelation of weakness.
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
On this dreadful day we see that Christ is moving and stirring up the disciples to stay awake and in motion. “Be actively praying and watching guys! Because temptation is coming and how will you overcome, unless it’s by the spirit. The spirit is willing! But your bodies are weak.”
Have you ever had this experience in your Christian walk? It’s when you know what you should do but your body and soul do not want to cooperate.
Jesus knew He had a purpose, a mission to fulfill however, His soul felt the pain and sorrow of the entire process and weight of the burden that he was to carry.
Think about it for a moment, Jesus began to carry the cross in his soul before his body ever did. His Spirit was willing but he encountered the reality of humankind. The reality is that our body and soul are fragile and weak. It’s why we can not save ourselves.
Our spirit cannot fulfill the missions and plans of God for our lives, without the cooperation of the body and soul. And our spirit man is totally dependent on the move of God in our lives.
Did you know that we were created to commune with God daily?
He is our lifeline and mover. A healthy relationship with Him keeps your spirit active and willing and with continued devotion to God your body and soul can find the healing He has provided. Being made whole in Him is essential to the fulfillment of your purpose.
If your body is sick it’s hard to move and bring yourself to do what your spirit is so willing to do. If your soul is wounded and broken, then it should become your mission to be healed so that what you pour out is blessed with the touch of Heaven.
Beloved, your spirit is willing but your flesh is weak.
When I read this again this year, I felt the compassion of the Lord. I believe that when Jesus made this statement He wasn’t mad at the disciples because they weren’t carrying His burden in prayer, He felt compassion for them. Remember, minutes before he went to check on them He was asking God about the possibility of taking this bitter cup away.
When He found them sleeping He again understood His mission and the importance of it’s fulfillment, to the very end. The Frailty of Mankind and our weakness was displayed before him like a damsel in distress. He knew He had to finish the mission for the redemption and rescue of a Bride.
As we continue to remember Christ and His sacrifice, reflect on how much you are loved and known by Him. He sees your weakness and is not surprised or mad about it. In fact He says, come to me if you are tired and burdened and I will give you rest. He says, “in your weakness I AM strong.”
Your weakness actually qualifies you for His grace and strength.
It is for freedom that He offers you the opportunity to accept the truth that on the cross He set you free.
It was because of the frailty and desperate need of humankind for a savior, that He went to the cross and suffered the penalty that was meant for you and me.
Let us Pray
Father we thank you for Your Son who came to this earth to live and experience the life of mankind.
He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities and the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are now healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
We are eternally grateful and blessed because of Your infinite Love and Mercy. We will never forget or take it for granted. In Jesus name we pray Amen.