Jesus is human as well as divine. He is God incarnate.
It was part of humanity to wish to escape his ordeal. In this Jesus is one with us.
Jesus’ prayer serves as a profound witness to us, for all of us who face trials and difficulties in our lives.
Jesus taught us to pray for our human needs but to bow to divine purpose.
As humans, silently or audibly, we cry out from our hearts even when we must endure.
A mother may say, save me from the ordeal of birth!
However the child cannot stay within her. She knows that. The baby will be born, either naturally or through cesarean. Both involve pain, either at the time of birth or during recovery.
Jesus knew He must go though this, just as a mother does. He cried out in His humanity, but He knew what must occur.
We saw Jesus face another great decision. His choice would be the same, there is no possibility He would have chosen the easy way, any more this time or in the temptation in the wilderness where satan offered to relinquish all power to Him if He would act against divine purpose. Matthew 4:1-11
The Father listened. He answered the prayer of Jesus true desire, to redeem humankind.
(The loving and good mother, also, may wish to escape pain, but she desires her baby).
And yes, the Fathersent consolation and strength to Jesus in His humanity.
Neither. The plan was not abandoned. Jesus knew all along that he was going to be crucified. This is why he asked God to “let this cup pass” from him. There was no other scenario. Another scenario would have been against God’s will.
GOD “did not” listen to JESUS on that prayer, instead GOD sends an Angel from heaven to strengthen him, so does that count as a “NO” for that JESUS prayer?
Incorrect. God listens to Jesus’ prayer but does not grant Jesus’ request to be spared from crucifixion. Instead Jesus must do God’s will. The angels were sent to nourish Jesus in preparation for his capture, torture and crucifixion.
On the side note, Muslim clerics claim that GOD had listened to JESUS prayer and saved him, and the crucifixion was nothing but illusion from GOD.
Your insightful thoughts please.
My Muslim friends have told me this, so I’m familiar with the claim. I respectfully disagree. It is clear from the gospel passage that Jesus, despite praying three times, concedes all three times to God’s will that he be crucified:
"36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go yonder and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, thy will be done." 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, **he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. **45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
If God listened to Jesus and spared him from crucixion, then why would Jesus acknowledge that God’s will be done, not his - not Jesus’ will? There was no illusion from God either. Jesus was crucified and Jesus resurrected from the dead three days later.
It is worthy of note that dyothelitism, as defined at Constantinople III, is the orthodox Christian position on Christ’s will; that is, that Christ had two wills, united in one person: one human and one divine. When Christ prays, the will which He mentions is His human will, whereas the will to which he surrenders is the Divine Will.
To understand the answer first we must understand that we are talking about God-man Jesus. Not just man and not just God, but both, Jesus is God-man. He had two natures, God and man.
The God nature means Jesus was God, the second person of the Trinity. In the Trinity there are three persons, Father & Son & Holy Spirit, but there is only one nature…God.
Jesus is the Son in this Trinity, and therefore he is God with a divine will and intellect.
Jesus was born of Mary his human mother Therefore Jesus as man, born of Mary, has a human intellect and will.
It is important to understand that Jesus is then God-man, and not just God taking over a human body.God literally became man in time in this world.
And since he was man, he had human sufferings. An because he was divine, he had no sufferings but only happiness.
And so as a man, he asked his Father to spare him these human sufferings if at all possible. But as God the Son, he intended to do this, and was in perfect harmony with his Father in heaven about the crucifixion. So Jesus did and didn’t want it, if one understands God-man.
So this will answer the statement
then GOD did not want the crucifixion to happen, but JESUS did.
May God bless and keep you. May God’s face shine on you. May God be kind to you and give you peace.