Read: Luke 22:39-46
Gethsemane would have been the darkest hour of Christ’s life on this earth. Friends misunderstood Him; armed soldiers came to arrest Him; one of His own disciples betrayed Him; He agonised in the garden alone. And while three of His trusted disciples slept, He went to His Father in prayer.
Commenting on the full extent of Jesus’ love, Jonathan Edwards said, “When the dreadful cup was before Christ, He did not say ‘Why should I go to plunge myself into such torments for worthless, wretched worms that deserve to be hated by me? Why should I who have been living from all eternity in the enjoyment of the Father’s love, cast myself into such a furnace for those who never can pay me for it? Why should I yield myself to be crushed by the divine wrath for those who have no love for me, and are my enemies? They do not deserve any union with me, and never did, and never will.’ Such, however, was not the language of Christ’s heart in these circumstances. On the contrary, He resolved even then, in the midst of His agony, to yield Himself up to the will of God, and to take the cup and drink it.”
At Gethsemane, Jesus fought a real battle and won it. If anyone had the right to evade undeserved suffering, Jesus had that right. Yet He prayed above all for God’s will to be done. To die an undeserving death for undeserving men and women – no one can fully comprehend such great love. Any grateful child of God can always respond in praise, worship, and adoration.