Resilience in the Crucifixion Story: The Garden of Gethsemane

Hanging tough; pushing through the pain; dealing with difficulty. Resilience.

Put yourself in Jesus’s shoes.

The timing of your death draws inevitably closer. The Passover meal has been eaten and the only thing left to do is to draw near to your Heavenly Father. He alone can get you through what is to come.

As you trod the path to the Garden of Gethsemane, you could feel the burden of the world’s sin pressing down on your shoulders. It did not feel good.

You could use the support from your disciples. “Sit here while I go over there and pray,” (Matthew 26:36 GNB) you ask.

The feeling of separation from your Father, brought on by the presence of sin, creeps slowly over you. You are not accustomed to feeling this way.

“He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. Grief and anguish came over him, and he said to them, “The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Matthew 26:37‭-‬38 GNB

Who would not want to get rid of that awful feeling? In desperation, you cry out to God, “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me…”
Matthew 26:39 GNB

Meanwhile, the persons you depended on to pray for you sleep.

The easiest thing in the world would have been for Jesus to whisk Himself back to the comforting embrace of the Father;

He could have thought – forget about the condition of sinful man; new worlds and new beings could be created – why bother trying to redeem this lot?

Later on, when the mob comes to arrest Him, He rebukes Peter’s attempt to defend Him. “Don’t you know that I could ask my Father, and he would at once send me more than twelve armies of angels?” Matthew 26:53 CEV

He had Heaven’s resources at His disposal, but He chose not to make use of them.

He pushed through the terrible hurt, pain and suffering and finished His prayer, “nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matthew 26:39 KJV

Christ subjected Himself to the will of His Father, and that gave him the resilience to complete His mission.

And today, because He did so long ago, we can have eternal life.

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