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Did Jesus Really Sweat Blood In The Garden

Updated on February 3, 2011

A bleeding head or a bleeding heart

"And being in agony, he prayed the more earnestly; and his sweat was, as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." (Luke.22:44).

It does not matter how much education one has in the cemetary, oops! I mean seminary or how many degrees one has, we alway seem to want to be spectacular when we preach or teach. To try to know something nobody els knows. "As I was studying Gawd gave me this here". Being a preacher and teacher myself I tend to stay away from the spetacular. When I attended the Philadelphia Biblical University one of my professors of expository preaching said be aware of chasing the "perverbial rabbit". Instead of staying with the text we go off on some presumed idea we think what the scripture is saying. We then go about taking other verses out of context to support the rabbit's deserving our chase.

There is an old hymn that we use to sing but long gave up when we came into the knowledge of the truth, though some still dare to sing it. The melody sounds good. "we'll be caught up in a chariot of fire..... like Elijah of old etc. Was he really caught up in a chariot of fire? Look at the text: ""They still went on and talked; and it came to pass that there appeared a chariot of fire, and the horses of fire, and parted them both assunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven" (II Kings 2:11)

Did the text say the chariot then swooped down and Elijah jumped on board? No it said, Elijah went up by a whirl wind. The whirlwind did not bring the chariot, it just appeard. Elijah could have jumped aboard hoping he would not burn to death and the chariot would then disappear quickly as it appeared, but no, a whirlwind was the mode of transportation.

Did Jesus sweat blood? Look at the text, at least this part: ...as it were great drops of blood . The words as it were , in some manuscripts like drops of blood. These words are simply comparative statements that say the consistancy of his sweat was like the consistancy of blood that is it was so profuse. I use to work in the Post Office as a mechanic. I use to sweat so hard that my sweat would drop and hit the floor in a splatter. My supervisor use to make me stop working because he said he never saw a man sweat like me.

God does not mince words. if he wanted to say His Son sweated blood he would have said so in no uncertain terms. The disciples on seeing him would have cried out in hysterea "What happened to you, or did some body come at you while we were asleep; man you got blood all over you! Somebody would have recorded it and not leave it to speculation.

I don't know about you but to me this is just another perverbial rabbit with no scriptual text to back it up. People see what they want to see. If I said to you "Hail is falling from the sky as it were or like eggs". Would you run outside with a basket to collect some eggs?

Put the emphasis on the right blood. "But one of the of the soldiers, with a spear, pierced his side, and immediately came there out blood and water.(John 19:34) Some say the spear pierced his heart. The blood that cleanses our sin was shed there on that cross, not in the garden. He was our sacrificial lamb. As John the Baptist said: "Behold the lamb that taketh away the sin of the world."

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      b.butler 

      5 years ago

      i may be a little late for this hub but here it goes. The garden was the first place he shed blood with six more to follow : which would account for the seven times the blood of a sacrifice was sprinkled in nearly all the old testament temple sacrifices . Besides , no one would make such a comparison if it did not appear that his sweat was red in appearance . Whether it was mingled with blood from another place on his body or was actually from his sweat glands is the only question in my mind.

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      Psychotropic7 

      6 years ago

      I am watching a very popular preacher right now. He's telling his congregation that Jesus sweat blood.

      It is quite true. He DID NOT sweat blood. It was AS blood. Huge difference.

      I just so happened to Google the question and this is the first article cited that hit the answer succinctly. The main focus should always be that Jesus was OBEDIENT unto death. He never acted on his own. He only did what the Father showed him and told him to do.

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      tonia engle 

      7 years ago

      perfect love chastest out fear.

      JESUS was tested and tried of ALL things so that would include fear but when did that happen? maybe at the point when he said" father IF THERE BE ANY OTHER WAY LET THIS CUP PASS FROM ME! JESUS was obedient to the WILL OF GOD.

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      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 

      7 years ago from PA

      Jacob,Jacob, You still missed what I said about "his sweat was as if it were great drops of blood." the text did not say:He sweated blood." It compared his sweat to blood because it wa so profuse. Hematidrosis is a scientific explination for what could happen to a person. I am a vietnam vet, USMC. You see your friends blown up, you come close to be blown up. You hear of your commrads being tourtured etc. but nobody reports of any Hematidrosis in that war or any other wars for that matter.

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      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 

      7 years ago from PA

      We should not speculate on what we do not know. The Bible is not given to any priviate interpretation or our own personal opinion. Nasal mucus and snot is not mentioned in the text.

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      A Learner 

      7 years ago

      I have, as you have, along with many others, pondered over what is meant with this description, given that from the pores of his skin, and the sweat glands within, man only perspires. That is all it can do, and while he may perspire profusely, as you described of yourself, it still remains sweat; it may be more sweat (than usual), but that does not change its substance.

      I believe what the author described as sweat, or rather, included with "sweat," was in fact snot and tears, coming forth from the innermost being; an intense weeping and agonizing so severe, that tiny blood vessels were ruptured, thus causing blood to come from the nose along with the thick substance of nasal mucus, making it "as it were (like) great drops of blood."

    • oscarwms profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 

      7 years ago from PA

      Barlow, I think you missed the point. Every christian knows that they will live again after death. Even non christians know that too but they don't want to deal with it. Nowing that you will live again does not take a way the fear. I do not fear death only how I die. A grusome death is fearfull to me, but lying down and dying in my sleep; that is the way to die. Jesus was very human and very God. As a human he was just like us in every way but he did not sin. His agony in the garden was real, he did not want to "go there" He prayed to his Father to let it pass. Only fools want to be martyrs. Only what you do for Christ will last.

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      Barlow 

      7 years ago

      Personally, I disagree with Fred Allen on the point that Jesus would be more scared than a normal person at their impending death.

      The reason is that he knew he was going to be resurrected. If you or I are put to death, we fear that its the end. Jesus not only knew he was going to heaven, but that he'd pop back up alive and well in a few days.

      I think that a being a martyr is the ultimate sacrifice, but if you come right back to life, that completely takes away the nobility and selflessness of the act, and renders the whole exercise rather pointless.

      I won't lie, being crucified would be a terrible thought, but jesus had a safety net that others would not.

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      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 

      7 years ago from PA

      You are so right Fred Allen, understanding is our greatest alli, but in getting understanding get wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to know how to use what you understand.

      Thank you for your words of understanding that show much wisdom.

      God bless

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      fred allen 

      7 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      What really matters is the understanding of the intense struggle that hHe had as He contemplated what was to follow. It is one thing for the guilty to wrestle with his impending demise. How much more terrifying for the innocent to ponder the same fate? Imagine being on death row for a crime you didn't have any part of. Imagine the thought of, torture the innocent for the guilty's sake. If ever a man endured agony of thought, it was the God Jesus who could have stopped it all and left us to our fate.

      Great hub. I am now a fan.

    • oscarwms profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 

      8 years ago from PA

      Thank you Chase. :)

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      Chase 

      8 years ago

      Luke 22:44, not Matthew.

    • oscarwms profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 

      9 years ago from PA

      Thank you Adelece, you rushed in were angels dare to tread. You are the only one so far as this hub has been posted to comment on it. I appreciate your comment.

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      adeleke odumboni 

      9 years ago

      I like the statements, we as christian tend to interprete the bible out of context for us to understand the true meaning of any statement in the bible we need to speak to the owner of the bible in the person of JESUS who inspired the men of old to compiled it by HIS SPIRIT. that is why paul told to study the word to show himself approved of GOD, a workman that needed not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.

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