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The soul of Jesus Christ was that of an ordinary human being as he had to learn and be instructed in the things of God just like any human being. "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man." (Luke 2:52). The will of God was something revealed constantly to the man Christ Jesus showing us that Jesus indeed was truly human. Jesus as a man could do nothing of himself. He was just like us in that he too had to seek and do the will of God. "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." (John 5:19). Jesus, even though He has God resident in him in His fullness, did not have any special knowledge of God by his having the Spirit. In other words, there were not two wills being manifested to his mind in the soul realm simultaneously at the same time. There was only a human consciousness of his human will which proves that he was truly a man like us. The will of God was revealed not intrinsically, but from without his human nature. Jesus had to pray, fast, and constantly seek the will of God in order to have the will of God revealed to him. Consider the scripture from Mark: "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." (Mark 13:32).


"Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here and watch with me." (Matthew 26:36-38). There was an intense agony in the soul of Jesus such as cannot be conceived by ordinary man. "And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." (Luke 22:44). The "an" is an adjective denoting the exponential intensity of the agony of Jesus Christ unknown to common man. The term "an agony" is mentioned only one time in the Word of God and refers to the greatest conflict of all time. Jesus, knowing all things, was in the battle of the will of his spirit against the will of his flesh; his soul being the cognitive determining factor in the area of choice between that of the Spirit and of the flesh. This is the agony of agonies being demonstrated to us in the realm of the soul of Jesus Christ.


Jesus was praying over the "will" of the Father; i.e., the will of His Spirit. However, Jesus as a man cried out the Spirit to deliver Him from this determined cup of suffering. The flesh was weak, His spirit willing, His soul in an agony.  It is here in the soul realm that one aligns his will with that of the Spirit or that of the flesh, these being contrary one to the other. The same was true with Jesus Christ. Though He was and is God in His Spirit, yet He was also a man just like us in the likeness of sinful flesh; that is, Jesus' flesh was weak. There was a battle in the soul realm of the "will" to align his soul with that of the Spirit, crucifying the will of the flesh.


"Soul" when referring to Jesus Christ is from the Greek word "psuche" meaning "breath, to perceive by the senses, in perception, or conscious mind" and not "pneuma" meaning "breath, referring to his human spirit". "Psuche" is the same as the Hebrew "nephesh" and "pneuma" is the same as the Hebrew "ruwach". It is not the flesh of Jesus Christ that is sorrowful and  very heavy, but the soul of Jesus Christ, the flesh simply not willing to suffer and die on the cross suffering the weight of the judgment and wrath of God. It was necessary for Jesus to pray in order to align his soul with the will of the Spirit; i.e., the will of the Father, and not to align his soul with the will of his flesh. This is the primary reason that it was necessary for Jesus to pray to the Father, even though Jesus' Spirit form is the Father, yet he is redeeming mankind back to Himself as a man. Jesus died on the cross as a man, a perfect man as the sacrifice for sin. Prayer would align His will, in the area of his soul with that of the Spirit as revealed to Jesus' human spirit and not that of his flesh. For it is in the realm of the soul that we determine to do the will, the deciding factor as to whom we will serve and obey, whether the Spirit or the flesh. The same was true with Jesus Christ, though He is, was, and is to come, God the Almighty manifested in human flesh.


"And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch." (Mark 14:33,34). The term "sore amazed" is from the Greek "ekthambeo" meaning "to throw into terror, to alarm thoroughly". This is a horror of great darkness by the terrors set before him. The terrors were greater than the terrors that had come upon Abraham when cutting covenant with God. This was the intense contemplation of the sufferings that Jesus knew that was before him and written of him. In his soul, Jesus was not irregular or irrational in behavior, as all of us as sinners would be in facing the fierce wrath of God in becoming sin and facing the penalty to the fullest. In all this commotion of spirits, Jesus remained calm and hoped in God who was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared. (Hebrews 5:7). This was not fear of man, but a Godly fear, a holy fear, a fear of God. Jesus in his flesh feared God. Because of this, he was heard by God.


Though Jesus was much stirred in his spirit as to the cup of wrathful dregs of the judgment of God that was set before him, yet He was stedfast, unmovable as to the will of God. This was Satan's last chance at the Lord of glory: "but this is your hour, and the power of darkness". (Luke 22:53b). Satan had tried and tempted Jesus by alluring him, now this in the fullness of the terrors to frighten and terrify him, thus to defeat him in his mission. Jesus’ soul was exceeding sorrowful and deeply grieved, very sad, knowing those things which were coming upon him as being made sin for us and also a curse. Yet Jesus' soul remained intact and steady on course, unmovable and unshakeable. Jesus yielded to the sufferings, tasting and drinking all the dregs of the cup for us as a man. Jesus tasted the intense bitterness of this cup, having always his soul anchored in obedience to the Spirit of God. Oh, what a Savior...what a mighty God who loved us and gave himself for us.






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