Posts Tagged ‘Garden of Gethsemane’

John 18:1-11 A Familiar Place

Power in the Name

Dinner is over and Jesus and His disciples have gone to one of their favorite places; the Garden of Gethsemane. This is where Jesus prays for Himself for the first time in His life. We are not going to dwell on that prayer today because John, through the Holy Spirit, doesn’t mention it. I just felt impressed to do so.

John focuses on something that is amiss in the garden that night. The garden where Jesus often brought His disciples. A place of refreshing. A place of teaching. A place of refuge from the crowds. That night it became more. It became a place of complete surrender, to the Father and to man. It also became a place of betrayal and violence. Read more »

Luke 22:39-46 The Hug Before The Battle

God love came in angels arms.

We are joining Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane today. He has gone here to pray after having given His final warnings to His disciples. All the disciples came with Him this night but He asked most of them to watch from a distance. He took Peter, James and John a little further in with Him. But even these three were left behind as He met personally with His Father.

We looked at this event in both Matthew and Mark’s gospels. In Matthew we watched Jesus in the Garden and wondered what might have changed if His disciples had actually prayed when He asked them to. In Mark’s account we focused on Jesus’ pleading in the garden. What His prayers each focused on. Today Luke shares the physical toll that this time took on Jesus. I would like to follow his lead and go there with our study today.

Luke doesn’t tell us that Jesus actually prayed three different times. He also doesn’t point out that Jesus caught His disciples sleeping on more than one occasion. What we do see is he Father providing His Son with much needed support during this heart wrenching time.

When Jesus went into the garden He asked His disciples to pray that they might be able to withstand temptation. Jesus didn’t ask them to pray for Him but for themselves. I’m betting He knew that they wouldn’t be able to provide Him with the support He was seeking. He certainly knew that they couldn’t provide Him with the answer or relief He was seeking.

I believe Jesus was physically, emotionally, and spiritually weary when He entered the garden. In Matthew’s account Jesus stated, “My soul is sorrowful, even unto death” (Matt. 26:38). What lay just ahead weighed on Jesus to the point that He voices it to His closest disciples. I’m not saying that Jesus was depressed, but the weightiness of what was to come was tremendous. Sometimes when I’m feeling especially low I say, “I’m so low I have to look up to look down.” What Jesus would have been saying this night might be, “I have to look up to keep Me from going further down.”

Up was where His only source of strength would come from. It wouldn’t come from His follower’s support. It wouldn’t come from internal fortitude. It wouldn’t even come from the knowledge of what all His hard work would accomplish. It would come directly from Heaven.

While Jesus was praying in the garden that night, His Father sent ministering angels to Him. They strengthened Him. Luke, through the Holy Spirit, tells us that the angels came BEFORE His earnest prayer. They actually brought Him strength to pray. Once He received that gift of strength from the angel He deepened His prayer. “And being in agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like drops of blood falling down to the ground” (verse 44).

I have experienced a few times in my life when I felt like my heart was bursting with the need to pray. It was like my whole being was being driven to pray. Something was weighing on my spirit and there was no other recourse but to pray. I imagine my experience pales in comparison to this night for Jesus. In these times for me, I continued to pray until my soul received peace. Sometimes this happened quickly and other times it took quite a while. But afterwards I could feel in the spirit that the crisis or whatever I was praying for had experienced a change. This kind of prayer is intercession.

This night was similar for Jesus. The weight of what was to come was so heavy that His only place He could go was to the Father. He sought the only hope He had. He asked His Dad, “Is there any other way?” Knowing there wasn’t, He sought peace with it instead. Jesus prayed so fervently that His sweat was pouring off Him like great drops of blood. Peace didn’t come quickly or easily with this prayer. What He received instead was resolve. The absolute determination to walk the road the Father set before Him.

Father God, thank You for giving Jesus the strength He needed both to pray and to walk the final steps of Your plan of salvation. I believe You spoke to me through this story just now. What I received was that when I feel too weighed down to even pray, start by praying for the strength to pray. Follow Jesus’ example. That’s the place to start. Thank You that I know You answer that prayer through Your Holy Spirit too. When I don’t know what to pray, Your Spirit prays for me. THANK YOU for that gift!

Thank You Lord Jesus for staying in the garden until You found the peace and resolve that You needed that night. I wish those of us who love You could have been some comfort to You that night too. I’m sorry we failed you again. Peter, James and John’s slumber represents all of us that night. We contributed nothing even though we gained SO much. Please forgive me Jesus.

Mark 14:32-42 Pleading In The Garden

In the Father's arms He cried

In the Father’s arms He cried

We are joining Jesus today in one of His favorite places; the Garden of Gethsemane. He went there to pray when He was in the area. It was a quiet spot to get away by Himself and meet the Father. Everyone, including Judas, knew of this special spot.

Matthew shared this event with us in his gospel. You can find that discussion under “Jesus In The Garden.” We took an overall look at what happened that night. Today we are going to look at Jesus’ prayer a bit closer.

We are told that Jesus prayed the same prayer all three times. I believe the words were the same but Jesus’ heart and intent changed throughout the night. The first time Jesus goes deeper into the garden to meet with His Father He tells Peter, James and John that His “soul is very sorrowful, even unto death” (verse 34). Jesus’ heart was breaking. He NEEDED Read more »

Matthew 26:36-46 Jesus in the Garden

Jesus fell on His face pleading with His Father

Jesus fell on His face pleading with His Father

Jesus and His disciples have moved from the home where they had dinner to the Mount of Olives. Here Jesus told His disciples that they would betray Him. After the uproar from this settled down, He took them a little farther up the mountain to His favorite garden spot; the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus often came here. That fact is why Judas knew exactly where to find Him a little later in our story. But we are not at that point yet. We are here to let Jesus have His last private time with His Father. To allow Jesus time to gather Himself before going into the most horrific 24 hours of His life.

Here at the entrance of Gethsemane Jesus asked His disciples to wait for Him while He went off to pray. Jesus took His three closest disciples with Him as He entered the garden. Peter, James and John were the only witnesses to the sorrow in Jesus’ eyes. He had held it all together until this private moment. Jesus even verbalized His distress; “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death” (verse 38). Read more »