The third petition of the Lord’s prayer is, “Thy will be Done!” It means, “God, make Your will happen on earth the same way it happens now in heaven!”

Jesus prayed this in Gethsemane, “Not my will, but Yours, be done!” (Luke 22:42). It’s not easy to see in English, but in Greek, these are exactly the same words as in the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:10).

The Church through the ages has embraced this understanding about Christ: He is fully God and fully man with two distinct natures and wills, yet He is one person, fully experiencing the realities of both those natures at the same time. In the unity of His person, He could experience ignorance and omniscience at the same time; in the unity of His person, He was bound by a human body yet also omnipresent. “In Him, all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form,” says Paul in Colossians 2:8-9.

Jesus had a human will and a divine will. The divine will was exactly the same as the Father’s and the Spirit’s because each member of the Trinity shares that one divine will and essence. However, for Jesus, the human will did not want the shame or suffering of the cross. In the unity of His person, and because of His divine nature and will, Jesus said, “I choose Your will over mine. I choose what You want over what I want.”

In His divine nature, He wanted and wants exactly what the Father and Spirit want. In His human nature, Jesus was a man tempted like us, yet He successfully willed to obey God.

Have you ever noticed that Jesus obeyed in a garden (John 18:1, 26; 19:41; 20:15)?

Adam sinned in a garden. He said to God, “Not Your will but mine be done!”

Adam wanted to be king in Eden instead of God. Adam came to the Garden of Pleasure, and his willful rebellion turned it into a tomb for himself and all those who would descend from him by natural procreation.

The result was that rejection plunged all humanity into Satan’s kingdom and reign. Adam gave all his natural offspring a polluted human nature and will, and that nature would embrace all the particular sins and perversions of tainted humanity throughout the ages.

That all changed with Jesus, the second Adam. Jesus comes to a garden; God asks Him to do the seemingly impossible, yet Jesus obeys.

Jesus faced temptation and persisted in obedience; the result was the Garden of Eden began to break out around Him (Mark 1:13). His death takes away the guardian cherubs of Eden (Exodus 26:31; Matthew 27:51 in light of Genesis 3:24).