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Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile meditates on Jesus’ prayer that crucial night outside Jerusalem:

We’re not to think no answer was given on that amazing night in Gethsemane.  Neither are we to think that the Father’s silent “No” indicated purposeless neglect, as though God the Father were a divine deadbeat dad.  We’re to understand that the only Perfect Father found occasion to deny the only Perfect Son because such denial achieved the only perfect ends.

Why should we be forever grateful that God said no?

  1. Because we need a High Priest who can identify with us (Heb. 2:16-18, 4:15).
  2. Because Jesus is the only possible mediator between God and man (Rom. 8:7; 1 Tim. 2:5; Acts 4:12).
  3. Because there would otherwise be no atonement for our sin (Heb. 2:17; 1 John 4:10).
  4. Because there was no other way to vindicate His own righteousness (Rom. 3:25-26).
  5. Because there was no other way to reveal the mutual glory of the Father and the Son (John 13:31-32; 17:1, 4-5).

As Pastor Anyabwile concludes, “Gethsemane’s silent answer will eternally be heard in the loud joyous praises of the universe!”


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