PRAYER IN GETHSEMANE

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Leslie M. John

 ”And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39)

Just before Jesus was arrested He went to a place called ”Gethsemane” in the Mount of Olives along with His disciples. He took three disciples, namely, Peter, James and John, who were very close to Him, to pray.

 He was very sorrowful about the impending death, wherein He had to bear the sin of the world, and lay His life for our sake. His sorrow was not because He was going to be arrested, or face a trial, which of course, proved to be an illegal one, but because the sin of mankind that He was going to bear was very heavy.”When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples”. (John 18:1).

It pleased the Father to bruise Him and pay the penalty for our sake and the very purpose of Jesus coming into this world, was to lay His life for our sake, taking upon Him, the curse of man and redeem us from perishing (cf. Isaiah 53:10). His love for us was so great that He relinquished His glory in heaven, emptied Himself, and came in the form of servant, and in the likeness of man. It is so amazing that God, who was so un-approachable during the Old Testament period, humbled Himself so much so that He became man for our sake, and was in this world. He was fully divine and fully man on this earth.

”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. (John 1:1)”And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Jesus taught repentance and said the ”kingdom of heaven” was at hand. He was born Jew and was their Messiah; yet they did not understand the truth. He healed sick, cast away evil spirits from those who were afflicted by them.

While He was in the Garden of Gethsemane, He said to His disciples to pray, and went little farther and fell on His face and prayed to the Father saying, ”O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt”.

Notice Jesus prayed to the Father that if it were possible the death that He was going to face may pass; yet He said everything may be done, not according to His will, but according the will of the Father.

If He prayed that the cup may pass without laying any condition, the Father would have, perhaps, agreed, and the purpose for which He came into this world would have been defeated. It was not the purpose of Jesus either to set aside that cup of suffering, but because He saw that the sin of mankind was so grave that He thought, for a while, it may pass away from Him; yet very quickly He added to His prayer the words ”nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt”. Jesus surrendered Himself to the will of the Father and prayed with much intense that being in agony His ”sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground”.

“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand”  (Isaiah 53:10)

Lord Jesus died on the Cross bearing our sin upon Himself and has finished all that He had to do for mankind to be saved.  It is up to mankind to confess their sins, and acknowledge that He is the Lord and believe in heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life.