O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me – Matthew 26:39
Sitting majestically atop the highest hill in Toledo, Spain, is the Alcazar, a 16th-century fortress. In the civil war of the 1930s, the Alcazar became a battle-ground when the Loyalists tried to oust the Nationalists, who held the fortress.
During one dramatic episode of the war, the Nationalist leader received a phone call while in his office at the Alcazar. It was from his son, who had been captured by the Loyalists. The ultimatum: if the father didn’t surrender the Alcazar to them they would kill his son. The father weighed his options. After a long pause and with a heavy heart, he said to his son, “Then die like a man.”
Harsh? Perhaps. Tragic? Yes. But in this commander’s view, the life of one person-even his own son was worth the sacrifice if it saved the lives of others and kept their cause alive.
O the night before Jesus died, He prayed to His Father, asking if there was a way to avoid the agony of the cross. But His Father’s silence told Him that there was no other way. In order to defeat the enemy and preserve the lives of all who would someday come into His Kingdom, the Son had to die.
Have you thanked God today for making that kind of sacrifice for you?
Suppose He counted all the cost
And never cared that we were lost
And never died for you and me
Nor shed His blood on Calvary