Garden of Gethsemane and the cup
When Jesus arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane from the Upper Room. He knew what He faced. He knew what the Father’s will for His life was. Yet, even though it was a difficult road, He knew He would not go against God’s will. Yet, He prayed for the Father to take the cup YHWH had given Him. Only God knows what went through His mind at this time. We read his distress in Matthew:
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.’ And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.’ Matthew 26:36-39
Can you see Jesus’ distress? Have we not felt this way before in our own sufferings? Matthew creates a picture that is easy to relate to.
What about you?
Have you ever faced something that you dreaded to carry out? Have you ever gone to your own Garden of Gethsemane and begged the Lord to deliver you, or a loved one? You see the looming mountain that appears insurmountable and your anxiety increases. It brings on you great sorrow and anguish.
We all have those days when we see the cross the Lord has called us to carry and we do not know how we will lift it. Jesus’ example to bring it to God, even in sorrow, helps us know what the first step is.
Paul even reminds us in Romans 8:35
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
The Garden of Gethsemane is where we lay it down.
When we go to our garden and lay it down, He will give us peace. The Lord may give us peace, or the Spirit may reveal a new step for us to take. When we take our emotions to the Lord, He makes us feel better. He is the Abba Father who will take care of us.
When we lay down our burden in our own Garden of Gethsemane, He will bless us with peace. He may not take the task we face away, but He will give us strength, or the tools we need to accomplish it.
He absolutely gives us more than we can handle ourselves, doesn’t He? He did it to Jesus, but the Lord laid down His emotions and followed God’s will with new strength.