The Submissive Face of Christ
In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus is presented as the King of kings. Would a king normally fall on his face to the ground? People generally think of kings as majestic and powerful, but here we see the King of kings with His face to the ground, and His soul “exceedingly sorrowful”. The Lord had prayed before, and yet His posture was different now than at other times, with His face to the ground. We see the King of kings humbly bowing His face down and submitting Himself before the Father.
While we see the face of the Lord reflecting His humble attitude, we see in His request a reverential heart. “Oh, my Father, if it be possible….” If a child asks, “Can I have this?” or “Can I have that?”, it certainly does not sound as humble as, “Father, if it’s possible, can I have that?”. Jesus was willing to humble Himself to the ultimate degree. He said, “whatever the Father’s will is… if there is some other way… make it known, but Your will… let it be done.”
This is who our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is. This is the kind of Savoir we have. Rejoice! We have great reason to rejoice. We should be in love with this fascinating, submissive Savior.