• Ashish Roy

In the Garden of Gethsemane

Updated: Feb 11

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

(Matthew 26:36-39 NIV)

“Gethsemane”, which means “oil press.” This was located on the lower slope of the Mount of Olives near the brook Kidron. King David left Jerusalem weeping as he crossed the Kidron Valley and went up the Mount of Olives (2 Samuel 15:23,30). Now the Son of David comes into that valley with great sorrow on his way into Jerusalem to be crucified. Kidron comes from the Hebrew verb qadar, which means “to grow dark” or “to mourn.” David went up to save himself; Jesus went up to save the people of the world.

“If possible, take away this cup of suffering.” The cup becomes a metaphor for the great suffering that Jesus had to drink that night in the garden. However, Jesus was not asking the Father for a way around the cross (Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me? John 18:11 NIV). Rather, he was asking God to keep him alive through this night of suffering so that he could carry the cross and take away our sins. According to the prophecies of the old testament, Jesus was to be pierced on a cross.

We learn from (During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Hebrews 5:7 NIV), that Jesus’ prayer was answered that night as the cup was indeed taken from him. An angel of God came to strengthen him and deliver him from premature death. The “cup” He was asking God to let pass from him was the cup of premature death that Satan was trying to make him drink in the garden, not the death he would experience the next day on the cross. He had already sweat drops of blood, but the prophecies had to be fulfilled of being pieced on a cross for our transgressions. God answered his cry and he lived through the agony of Gethsemane so that he could be our sacrifice for sin on Calvary. Jesus did not waver in the garden. We have a brave savior.

Now the main question comes is, “What do we learn from all this?”

1. In desperation or when the whole world around us is falling apart, we should turn to heaven.

2. Pray in difficult times. As Jesus prayed in a time of great sorrow. But some people say that it’s easy to say that one should pray in times of difficulty but it is very hard to do. But we have a very good example of Jesus himself. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray continually.” Prayer shows submissiveness to God and shows that we need God for our situations.

3. Our Father in heaven is always ready to hear us and comfort us in time of need. (Matthew 26:39)

4. Obedience to Father. As Jesus submitted himself to the Father we should also do the same.

5. Though the suffering, pain, and sorrow last for the night but His joy always come and His light always shines.

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