Not My Will But Thine

“Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” - Luke 22:42

Story Behind the Art:

This painting represents the moment in Luke 22:42 where Jesus asks God, the Father, if it would be possible for God to remove from Jesus the awful, bitter cup that Jesus would have to drink in order for Him to atone for the sins of mankind.

While creating this painting, I imagined in my mind’s eye each of us in Heaven watching and praying for Jesus during His atonement. When Jesus asked the Father if the Father could somehow remove this cup from Him, I imagined the hosts of heaven earnestly pleading that God would help Jesus fulfill this most difficult of missions. I believe it was a very defining moment, not only for Jesus, but for each of us as well.

Jesus taught us through example. If we are to become who we are meant to be, we must follow his example in the Garden of Gethsemane. When we go through our own “Gethsemane”, may we also say to our Father, “nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done.” - Susan Edwards