Mat 26:36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and He said, "Sit here while I go over there to pray."Mat 26:37 He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons, James and John, and He became anguished and distressed. Mat 26:38 He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me."Mat 26:39 He went on a little farther and bowed with His face to the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine."Mat 26:40 Then He returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, "Couldn't you watch with Me even one hour?Mat 26:41Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!"Mat 26:42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, "My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, Your will be done."Mat 26:43 When He returned to them again, He found them sleeping, for they couldn't keep their eyes open. Mat 26:44 So He went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Mat 26:45 Then He came to the disciples and said, "Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
The Weight of Our Sins
We are spared by His agony. We are saved because we never had to bear the true weight of our own sins. That weight, which we deserved, served to nearly crush the life from the Son of God in the Garden of Gethsemane. He bore the weight of ALL sin, and none of it was His.
I see Christ in need of solitude as the time draws near for His trip to the Cross. He desires the companionship of His friends, but as they come near to the olive grove, He asks them to stay in a place separate from Him. He does this so that they will not have to witness the agony that is about to fall upon Him; undoubtedly is already beginning to rest upon His weary shoulders.
He has had experience with the blind love of Peter and knows that they might seek to succor Him in this time or draw Him away from the pain that He must bear. Though He asks them to stay separate from his grief, He does come to them seeking strength from their prayers; yet, they sleep.
He goes into the olive grove, symbolic of being surrounded by the Holy Spirit, and struggles with His Father in Heaven. This is a struggle not born of selfishness, but of a fear that He may not be able to withstand the weight of the worlds sin. He cries out to the Father for relief, but even in this time of great pain and turmoil, He gives Himself over to the Will of the Father.
Thank You Jesus
Our Savior committed no sin, yet He was willing to bear the weight of all of ours...so that we might live. We so flippantly receive this blessed gift, sometimes to the point of being obstinate, and we go about sinning without a second thought.
I'm saved!...we proudly declare, while the significance of that salvation is lost on us. Oh how wretched we truly are. How thoughtless and callous as we shove our Savior away so that we may enjoy another self indulgence.
If we had to bear the true weight of even one of our "small" sins, we would be instantly crushed by it's terribleness. It is only because of His sinless life that Jesus Christ was able to take that horrible encumbrance and it is because of our sinfulness that we would never be able to take it.
There had to be a plan of salvation in place, at one time looking forward to Christ and at another looking back to Him, so that man would never have to even once hold the full weight of His own sins. We are alive just now because of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How much longer can this go on?
Thank You Jesus! Thank You for loving me that much! Forgive me Lord for being so lost and thank You Lord for finding me. I love You Jesus and I praise Your name today! Fill me with the Holy Spirit so that I may help to show the world what You really did for them. I want them to be able to see You through me...I'm tired of them seeing me. This is my prayer...
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