Agonizing in Gethsemane
Reading the four accounts (Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 14:32-52, Luke 22:40-53 and John 18:1-11) will give an accurate picture of that momentous night in its entirety.
Jesus and the Apostles went to the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas had already left them after supper to tell the Jewish leaders where Jesus was.
Jesus knew that He could just walk away from it all.
He could have thought that the majority of the people didn’t believe in him anyway so why go through the charade of a fake trial and gruesome death.
Yet, He chose to go through with it because it was the Father’s will.
He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Matthew 26:37. He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. Mark 14:33.
Doing the Father’s will.
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” – John 6:38-40.
Thrice He prays for the cup to be taken away. If it is possible remove this cup of suffering, pain, and anguish.
“O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. ” Matthew 26:39.
“O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Matthew 26:42.
“Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.” – Luke 22:43.
“[W]ho, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from the death, and was heard because of His godly fear.” – Hebrews 5:7.
Appointed task. He was sent for this purpose. Cross.
“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.” – John 12:27.
“…who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” Hebrews 5:7-9.
For the Joy set before Him
“[W]ho for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame; and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2.
“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” – Hebrews 2:10.
For all those who would believe in Him.
“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” – John 6:40.
He said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:16.
“He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” – Hebrews 5:9.
He agonized in the Garden and died on the Cross so that we may be saved and reconciled to God and have eternal life.
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