And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Mark 14:36 ESV
Jesus here provides the ultimate example of submission, or yielding to someone else’s will. As Paul put it, “even though He was in very nature God, He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, and became obedient to death, even death on a cross”. Humanly speaking, Jesus didn’t want to be crucified. But He submitted to the Father’s will.
A father and son are equal. A father is not intrinsically better than his son. But sons ought to submit to their fathers. And so Jesus submitted to the Father.
In Christian circles, we often think of submission of a wife to her husband. But just as with a father and son, they aren’t unequal. It’s just that a wife should tend to submit to a husband.
If we’re not a wife or we don’t have an earthly father, that doesn’t mean to say we don’t have to submit. Paul commands us to submit to one another out of reverence to Christ. Just as He didn’t insist on His own way, so we should only seek Father God’s way.
“God our Father, we’re thankful that Christ yielded to Your will for our salvation. May we yield to Your will too, to Your glory and praise, amen”