Bible Q&A: Why Did Jesus Pray That “This Cup Pass From Him”?

If Jesus wanted to save us, why did he pray to have this cup pass from him?  (Luke 22:42)

Christ was both God and man while here on earth (John 1:1, 14; Phil. 2:6-7).  Thus, his human nature was deeply affected by the ordeal he faced.  Jesus the man wanted to explore other options for our salvation…but Jesus the Son of God “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8), as the sacrifice for our sins (Heb. 9:26-28; 10:10-12).

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