Garden of Gethsemane

They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” Mark 14:32

Gethsemane is where Jesus came to die, the cross is only the evidence – Leonard Ravenhill

The garden of Gethsemane will kick off a series of events that will eventually take Jesus to the cross. And then ultimately victorious out of the Tomb! Notice Jesus brought his disciples to support him while he talks to the Father. But Christ inner circle was starting to fall apart. Judas left to betray him, Peter was about to deny him 3 times, the Zebedee brothers were arguing who was the greatest, the humanity of the disciples was starting to show

And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” Mark 14:34

Jesus was in great distress, because he knew what he was about to endure for the penalty of our sins. The gospel of Luke says Jesus was sweating blood (Luke 22:44) So how did his disciples react? They all fell asleep! During the most urgent time Jesus needed them, they fell asleep. Just like we are today, where are the “Churches” on fire for the Lord today? They all have fallen asleep with complacency!

And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:36

Jesus asks the Father to take this “Cup of wrath” from him, but not Christs will but the will of the Father will be done! Jesus by his obedience took this “Cup of Wrath” upon him because of our sins, not his. Who else could take this Cup? Nobody because Jesus is the perfect Passover Lamb of God!

And He came the third time, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Mark 14:41

The Time has Come! For Christ to be betrayed, beaten, and crucified by sinners! Why did this have to happen? Because the wages of our sins is death and Christ is the only one who can atone for our debts!

The Garden of Eden brought sin into the world while the Garden of Gethsemane started the process to bring redemption to the world Amen!

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