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Jesus in Gethsemane before the Cross

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Jesus in the Garden

Jesus responds to his situation in light of the call.

Jesus’ Despressed Heart

Mark 14:32-
Mark 14:32–52 NLT
They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before. When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say. When he returned to them the third time, he said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But no—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!” And immediately, even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders. The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take him away under guard.” As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. “Rabbi!” he exclaimed, and gave him the kiss. Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear. Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.” Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away. One young man following behind was clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob tried to grab him, he slipped out of his shirt and ran away naked.
Mark 14:32–35 NLT
They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.
Mark 14:34 NLT
He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Mark 14:32–34 NLT
They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Mark 14:32
Jesus has gone to the garden after the table, after setting up for his disciples exactly what was to happen, that his body would be crushed, and his blood shed to fulfill the payment of this new covenant. he is now preparing himself, but doing what Jesus so often did, getting away from the crowds, and being along with his God.
Jesus also asks for the cup to be taken from Him. this doesn’t indicate that he was unwilling, or that he was backing out of what he was sent to do, but that he was more and more sorrowful about what was to come, both the physical and the spiritual realities of the punishment he was going to endure for you, and for me.
Jesus has gone to the garden after the table, after setting up for his disciples exactly what was to happen, that his body would be crushed, and his blood shed to fulfill the payment of this new covenant.

Jesus’ Submissive Heart

Mark 14:36–40 NLT
“Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before. When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say.
Mark 14:36-
The Lord Jesus wasn’t unwilling to go through this, but He also didn’t want to have to. There is both a humanity and approachability to Jesus in these statements. For those who argue that Jesus was not fully human, you only have to look to this statement of desire - the desire not to have to be punished, the desire not to be beaten, flogged and massacred. As the Lord is readied for his “hour” - his betrayal and the fulfillment of his mission - He struggles with the reality of what is about to take place. He knew. He was in pain. He was distressed. He was humanly speaking - completely alone.

Jesus’ Willing Heart

Jesus was prepared, his hour had come, the reason for why he came, to testify to truth, and to be made atonement for many.. it was here, in the hands of men, under the power of God.
Mark 14:
Mark 14:41–42 NLT
When he returned to them the third time, he said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But no—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”
At this statement, “the time has come” we see the dead set readiness, willingness, and focus of the Lord. He was going to go - they weren’t going to force him. He wouldn’t be stopped, he had resolved to accomplish the will of his Father.
Mark 14:43–50 NLT
And immediately, even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders. The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take him away under guard.” As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. “Rabbi!” he exclaimed, and gave him the kiss. Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear. Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.” Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away.
Jesus also condemns their cowardice to come to get him in the dark, to arrest him without cause but without sight - but the resolve of verse 49-50
Mark 14:49–50 NLT
Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.” Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away.
Scripture was about to be fulfilled, The Promise of the Messiah crushing the head of the serpent , all the way back in
Genesis 3:15 NLT
And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Is Now being fullfilled by the willing hero, light a lamb led to slaughter, did not fight, did not resist, and was not forced, but went willingly to make a way for us - the unwilling, the proud, and the lost, to be brought home.
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