And behold, a leper came up to Him and, prostrating himself, worshiped Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You are able to cleanse me by curing me. And He reached out His hand and touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed by being cured. And instantly his leprosy was cured and cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3, Amplified)
Then Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, I have pity and sympathy and am deeply moved for the crowd, because they have been with Me now three days and they have nothing [at all left] to eat; and I am not willing to send them away hungry, lest they faint or become exhausted on the way. (Matthew 15:32, Amplified)
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. (Luke 22:41-43, KJV)
Willing = wishing, longing, desiring (from Rick Renner’s Sparkling Gems from the Greek)
Jesus was willing and able to heal. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
He had compassion and was not willing to send the people away hungry. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
God was not willing that you or I should perish. He was not willing for that cup to pass from Jesus’ hand, because of you and me.
Jesus struggled under the pressure of what lay before Him… torture, crucifixion, death on that cross, separation from God. Not My will but Your’s be done. He was willing to do it for the Father and for the joy that was set before Him, you and me set free and born again. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever.
He is a willing God. Willing to love you. Willing to bless you. Willing to heal you. Willing to save you. Not willing that you should perish or come to destruction, but have everlasting life. He is willing.
And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and said unto him, I am willing… (Mark 1:41, KJV & Amplified)
This statement changed my life and put me on the road to Truth rather than doctrine/religion. He is the same all the time and He loves me! He never changes due to the time constraints of man, whether it was during the apostolic days or is the present age. Time cannot constrain Him, but disbelief and a lack of faith certainly can.