John 12:27-30 (NASB) “Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 “Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “An angel has spoken to Him.” 30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes.
Jesus was fully God and fully man. He was perfect and innocent, yet vulnerable and emotional. He also never forgot why He was here. Jesus knew He had come to sacrifice His life so that we might live. This doesn’t mean that He carried out this mission stone-faced and without feeling. In fact, the Bible says He was “troubled” within. So troubled, that He considered asking the Father to save Him from this hour.
But Jesus refused to alter His course or make decisions solely based upon His feelings and emotional status. He admitted that His soul had become “troubled” as He thought about the journey to the cross. He seriously considered the option of asking His Father to stop this train from going any further, but did not.
He was able to stay the course and select the right path by choosing to stay focused on His purpose for being there. “But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” He made the decision to proceed by remembering why He was there. He made the decision to live out God’s perfect plan, one that would result in His death; but also glorify His Father in Heaven. And because He denied Himself and chose to die for us, we are now able to live.
Following Jesus as a “Fisher of Men” will cost you personally. There will be many times when you will not feel like going where God leads. Emotions are important but they cannot be the determining factor on whether you will share your faith and live like a “Fisher of Men.” It will often require that you change your personal plans and agenda in order to fit into God’s Divine appointments. Are you willing to stay focused on the Great Commission? Even if you don’t “feel” like it?