1 Peter 2:21: “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you as an example for you to follow in His steps.” The “call” as always in the New Testament epistles, is the efficacious call for people trusting Christ as Savior. Peter’s point is that a person called to salvation will, sometimes at least, have to endure unfair treatment. Commendable behavior on the part of a believer, “living like Christ” in the midst of such trials results in the strengthening and perfecting of the Christian on earth, and their increased eternal capacity to glorify God.

Mark 14:35-36: These Scriptures are reflective of the most crucial point of Jesus’ life; fulfilling His purpose as the Lamb of God, the final sacrifice for the sins of the world. Jesus’ relationship to “Abba, Father” is a description for a deeply intimate respectful relationship; a relationship defined through trust, respect, love and absolute obedience which is reflective in Jesus’ statement as he prayed to His Father, “not what I will, but what you will.”

This reveals Jesus’ total resolution and resignation to do the will of God. He came into the world to do God’s will, and that remained His commitment until His death.