Agony In The Garden

Written by: John Posey

To: All who believe in the cross.

After supper, in the garden, Jesus agonized over 
His destiny. Mark, says He petitioned the Father
asking Him to 'take this cup away from me.' Luke 
describes further how, after praying 'If it be your 
will let this cup pass from me, yet not my will, but 
thine be done,’ an angel was seen ministering to 
Him. Afterwards, He prayed more and his sweat 
became as great drops of blood falling to the ground.
I have wondered -- what could He have feared? Oh,
I know He was perfect man and, perhaps, dreaded the 
pain of an agonizing death. But, I can't believe this
would have brought such pleas from him. No, I have 
come to the conclusion He feared the agony of 
paying the only price that would redeem mankind. 
He was not concerned with the pain of dying, even 
though his pain was intensified many times over by 
the sins for which He was dying -- all the sins for 
all mankind. How awesome the pain must have been.
But He could handle this. What He was not prepared 
to face was separation from God the Father. On the 
cross He cried out, ‘My God, why hast thou 
forsaken me?' And the answer rings down through 
the ages and into eternity. -- So you and I will
never have to suffer the pain of separation from Him.

 

Author's Comments:
"This came to me one Good Friday a few years ago. Though it is not the Easter season, I believe it is worthy of note at any time. My faith is based on what happened for all mankind at Calvary. "Jesus paid a debt He did not owe... because we owed a debt we could not pay." Major Ian Thomas