“They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ he said to them. ‘Stay here and keep watch’……Returning the third time, he said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!'” (Mark 14:32, 41-42).
By the time Jesus went to Gethsemane Jesus already knew that he had come to Jerusalem to die on the cross. Jesus knew this was God’s plan from the beginning. Jesus knew that he would be the atoning sacrifice for sins.
Yet, we still see Jesus struggling at Gethsemane as Golgotha, the crucifixion, and bearing the sin of the world bore heavy on his heart and shoulders.
Jesus even prayed, “Abba, Father…everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36).
Jesus pleaded with God to see if there was any other way besides the cross.
We don’t know what else Jesus said in prayer. All we know is that he was there most of the evening praying with God. By the time we come to the end of this pericope, Jesus has set his mind, heart, and determination on the cross.
Have you ever wondered what he and God must have talked about that night? What made Jesus so steely determined to go through with the cross?
Certainly it was because this was the will of God.
But, why was it the will of God? Because this was the only way for sinners to become children of God.
So picture this: Jesus looking at the cross…then looking at you…declaring “You’re totally worth it!”
You are God’s beloved. Jesus could not imagine eternity without you.
There are many for whom Jesus died who have no clue what Jesus did for them. That’s a travesty!!! That’s our mission. That’s what the church exists for – to make disciples and grow disciples who share the love of Jesus with all people.
Let’s keep the main thing the main thing. Make new disciples and grow faithful disciples who share the love of Jesu with all people.