“Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
A single stream of silver light shone upon Him. giving a faint glimmer of hope to the man, Jesus. This was the culmination of a lifetime of doing His Father’s work. He knew the result. He knew He’d be betrayed and denied. He knew He’d suffer humiliation, pain and death. It was part of the plan of redemption instituted before creation.
Still, as He prostrated Himself before His Father, He couldn’t help wondering if He’d done enough – if His followers got it – if they were able to connect with what He’d been telling them these past three years. There were so many unanswered questions. Were they ready? Would they be able to carry on the work He’d begun?
Jesus’ humanity caused Him to become like each of us as we face death. We wonder if we’ll be remembered – if our lives served any purpose – if we could just have a little more time. Jesus knew His death was imminent, yet His human heart prayed that the cup of sorrows would pass from His lips. He then asked that His Father’s will be done.
He prayed this prayer with deep humility. His body ached with the torment He was undergoing. His human side was in the forefront, yet His divine side kept Him strong. He prayed three times, between moments checking on His sleeping disciples. Could they not stay awake for just a little while during this time of total desolation for their Rabbi? When His prayer became so intense that sweat fell like drops of blood to the ground.
Hematidrosis, is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress.
He continued to pray for a way out, yet also that God’s will be fulfilled. Did God answer His prayers? Of course He did. Sometimes we don’t get the answer we want, but God always answers. Sometimes comes a resounding “no.” Jesus death was the only way for redemption to take place. There was more to it though. God answered with a heart pounding “yes” on Easter morning, when Jesus’ body rose from the dead.
When our final hour comes on this earth, we’ll probably pray for relief from our pain, for those we leave behind and holding God to His promise. The inevitability of death will overtake us, but there’s now a perfect promise of eternal life for those who trust in God’s plan. We will rise again, just as our Savior did.