As the holiest week brings us closer to Good Friday, Passover, the Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus, the Garden of Gethsemane is a beautiful picture of the relationship between Jesus and His father. Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, taking time to pray to His father. Jesus, knowing what He would endure, lifted up in prayer, His most intimate feelings. He knew the will of His father would mean betrayal, a physical agony and torture of no other, Jesus would be burdened with the sin of the world, nailed to a cross, rejected, yet Jesus the perfect unblemished Lamb of God, experiencing everything we experience in this sinful world, set aside time to be alone with His father to cry out to him with all purity of heart. An angel was sent to give Jesus strength. He experienced weakness and hurt just as each of us. Jesus prayed to have the suffering of what was to come removed from Him but Jesus being obedient says "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me, nevertheless, not my will but thy will be done."(Lk. 22:42) His sweat, like drops of blood, gives a clear visualization of the enormity of his grief. The picture of love between the son and his father. To do the will of the father, knowing what it would cost Jesus because of obedience and LOVE is beautiful and worthy of all praise, glory, honor, obedience, and sacrifice from us as believers who have received salvation because of Jesus Christ.
The Garden of Gethsemane is highlighted with the betrayal and arrest of Jesus but the Garden of Gethsemane holds a bigger, more glorious picture of the enormity of the LOVE between Jesus and the Father. The intimate time he takes in prayer to be alone in the presence of His father shows just how important prayer is as well as the LOVE God has for us.
In rememberance of such LOVE given freely....take time to lift your heart up to the one who deserves all honor and praise for rescuing every life from the pit of hell, so redemption could be received!
Jesus ~ Worthy, Worthy, Worthy is He ~ The Lamb of God ~ Died to save the world from sin ~ LOVE ~ The greatest gift of all ~ Jesus Loves You! ~ Have a blessed night! Simply Sharmaine :)