Jesus' agony, Gethsemane
Jesus, a hero
Anytime i pick up the bible to read it, i turn my mind to Jesus and how He is the hero of the story, both of the Old and the New testament.
The Old testament shows shadows and types indicating what manner of God was honored, what manner of man that would come and ultimately what type of savior that would accomplish the task He was required to perform.
Qualities of a hero
- a leader
Nowadays we want a hero!
We want someone who would give their lives to defend us, no matter what. Someone who would die for us because of their love for us. Someone who would take our place in a difficult situation.
We picture them tall, dark and handsome, based on myths, legends and writers of fiction, yet it is not necessary if we trust them.
They are people with conviction. Where they will do what is right for others even if it means losing themselves.
Someone who would rescue us. Someone who would listen to us. Someone who would never leave us. Someone who would love us just the way we are.
We picture them wealthy, full of encouragement and generosity.
Someone we can call friend. Our best friend. Even lover.
In the Gospels, the good news books of the New Testament Bible, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, wrote about the experience of Jesus' agony in this garden. Which to me identifies him as the ultimate hero.
The Bible gives a clear depiction of what Jesus went through, spiritually, and physically in the garden of Gethsemane.
- It all started in a garden, the garden of Eden
- Climaxed in a garden, the garden of Gethsemane
- Concluded in a garden, with the empty, borrowed tomb of Jesus, the garden Tomb.
- where God created and placed man
- where God instructed Adam to name every creature
- where God made man sleep and created woman
- Where God had evening fellowship with Adam and Eve
- where the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was placed
- where the tree of life was placed
- Where Adam and Eve were seduced by a lie by the devil disguised as a serpent
- Where God laid down the first judgement because of Adam and Eve's rebellious decision
- believed to be in Africa
- Aramaic meaning is ' oil press'
- foot of the Mount of Olives
- mentioned as place Jesus prayed before giving Himself up to soldiers, His trial and His crucifixion
- middle of Jerusalem
- known for rock
- burial tombs, property of Joseph of Arimathea
- is in a actual garden, tended by a gardener according to the account where Mary asked for Jesus' body
The old testament talked exclusively and extensively about the savior and what he would do to redeem mankind.
According to Isaiah
- born of a virgin
- heir of the throne of Kind David
- disfigured in sufferings
- make a blood atonement
- be rejected, beaten and spat upon
- will be silent before his accusers
- will be among thieves / transgressors
- would be buried in a borrowed rich man's tomb
- will heal the brokenhearted
- would have the Spirit of God rest on him (dove at his baptism by John)
There are others recorded and fulfilled.
Garden of Gethsemane is at the foot of the Mount of Olives.
Jesus in the garden
From the Biblical accounts recorded in the New Testament, Jesus knew the details of his death. He spoke frequently of his purpose and the plans of his heavenly father.
The plan of redemption and salvation which would require his blood and hanging on a cross and a list of other sufferings for God's justice to be fulfilled and His love to prevail.
And freedom's to be resurrected in his resurrection.
Matthew 26 v 36 - 46
Mark 14 v 32 - 52
Luke 22 v 39 - 46
Who was there
This all took place after the Last Supper.
Jesus went for a walk to pray. The disciples, Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, James and John, were with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, in the wee hours of the morning.
In the garden Jesus walked a little ways off from them, 'a stone's throw', with the admonition to watch and pray.
Here his personal agony began in earnest.
What they did
- fell asleep
Jesus returned to them asking when he saw they were asleep, "could you not watch and pray?" paraphrased. Then he walked off a second time and the physical symptoms of his condition began.
- in anguish
- sweat are drops of blood
- prayer for release, "let this cup pass by me".
- succumbing to His father's plan, "thy will be done".
When the soldiers came
- asked for Jesus of Nazareth
- fell down at Jesus' answer, "I am".
- lead soldiers
- kissed Jesus on the cheek
- gave himself up
- healed the servant whose ear was cut off
Garden of Eden
Garden of Gethsemane
tree of Knowledge of good & evil
temptation, downfall & curses
Jesus' revelation to Mary
the guardian angel
the messenger angel
Is any of this new information for you?
Qualities of a hero
- Quest or journey
- willing or self sacrifice
- have compassion
- persistence / endurance
- strong moral compass
Numerous traits and many more qualities that deal with selflessness and seeing things from another's perspective and doing what is right for them over one's self.