Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
Father, glorify Thy Name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
These two verses give us a small glimpse into Jesus’ state of mind as He faced what was coming.
It would, perhaps, be more clear what Jesus was saying to the Father if we punctuate it this way: “My soul is troubled, Father. What shall I say? ‘Save Me from this hour?’ But this hour is why I came. Father, glorify Your Name!”
Remember, Jesus was fully God, and fully man. It is in the nature of man to avoid death. We go to all sorts of extremes to prolong life. Fully God, Jesus Knew what His death would be. He understood exactly what He would suffer, and his “fully Man” reaction is completely understandable.
What is harder for us, as merely human, to understand is that Jesus was NOT asking to be relieved of the work He came to do. He was admitting that His soul was troubled over what He faced, but He made no effort to remove Himself from it.
He was rewarded by the Father’s voice from heaven, reassuring Him that His Name had been glorified before, and would be glorified again.
We’ll look more closely at this amazing message from the Father to the Son tomorrow.