Surrender All to the Lordship of Jesus
- Date: November 23, 2015
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ()
- From Total Surrender
"It's no longer I that live but Christ lives in me. The life that I now live, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). Aren't you thankful that we live in a great exchange where He exchanged His righteousness for our sin; amen? "He who knew no sin, was made sin with our sin, so we could be made righteous with his righteousness" (2 Corinthians 5:21). But that is not automatic, that's a life of faith. That's the life we have to confess daily. That's the daily cross, beloved. That great exchange is not automatic; it's appropriated. Every day, every moment we say, "I can't live this thing in my flesh, but greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4).
When Peter was boasting in himself, we know that he goes on and fails. Jesus says in Matthew 26:37 that He himself becomes "sorrowful and very heavy." The Scriptures say, as we read on, that the reason that the disciples were not able to watch and endure was because of that same heaviness, that same sorrow. It was depression. They were under the weight of a task that was impossible to them in the natural. Watch Jesus here in the flesh for just a moment, we'll show you where the hope for all of us is, because we're all in the same predicament. He said, verse 38, "…My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me." He went and prayed. We know the story so we won't belabor it. He said, "…Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me…" We pray this way, "If it's possible, Father, let me be like You without any consequences, without a cross, without opposition, without trials, without adversities, without studying Your Word, without sacrifice and without prayer. Bless me Lord." Jesus isn't praying in that extreme, but He's saying, "Father, this thing You are getting ready to put on Me, if there is any way out of it, please take this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but your will be done." He is agonizing. The Scripture goes on and says that He began to sweat drops of blood. Agony. In His heart He's hoping that his brothers are standing with Him, praying and interceding, but instead he finds them asleep. He says, "What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:40-41).
Here is the key, "the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Many of us want to approach this thing from the flesh. We want to begin to deal with outward things, "Do you know what I need to do? I need to pray more. I need to memorize more Scripture." That is always a good thing. But that isn't surrendering to the lordship of Jesus. It will reveal the condition of your flesh. Many times this brings us to guilt, convicts us and then throws us back into a cycle of works. Then we say, "I'm going to have to work harder." I want to encourage us to work less. Hebrews says that if we're ever going to enter the rest of God and begin to know the consecration that God wants from us, it will only take place in rest. Ceasing from our own labors; not trusting in our own abilities. As we study and begin to look at this thing, it's going to affect how we relate to others too. We're not going to want to hold everybody else to our own little program and march to a certain tune. What's going to do it for you? Getting quiet and experiencing that personal, final encounter with God. That personal death that Jesus is getting ready to experience here where He finally says, "I surrender all. Not my will, but thy will be done."