And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. (Mar 14:32)
The Garden of Gethsemane was the place where Jesus often resorted to pray. This night, however, it was a very special place. The night before His Crucifixion, it was a Garden of Preparation.
As we take up our cross and follow Jesus, we may find ourselves approaching our own Calvary, an extreme trial or sacrifice for Christ. Before we get to our Calvary, we must also be prepared by entering our own Gethsemane.
Jesus leads the way by showing us how Gethsemane will help us endure our cross.
Gethsemane – A Garden that Prepares
Gethsemane – A Garden of solitude
We can take along others to pray with us only so far. Jesus found that He had to leave all others behind and come to the place where it was just Him and the Father.
We also must learn to get alone with God. To know Him better. To be strengthened by Him. We must come to the place, that in our trials, it is OK for it to be just us and God.
Gethsemane – A Garden of Supplication
As we learn to “pray through,” we find the strength and joy necessary for our trials.
Gethsemane – A Garden of Submission and Surrender
Submission is a military term meaning we voluntarily place ourselves under the authority of another. Submission is one thing, but being happy about it and giving ourselves over to it is quite another.
Jesus, after struggling in His spirit, comes out of the garden with a peace that only comes from the complete surrender to the will of God. Can we honestly sing in our trials, “I Surrender All”?
Gethsemane – A Garden of Sodality
Sodality means a sense of fellowship; comradeship.
As we suffer and go through our own Garden of Preparation, we begin to understand the words of Paul where he reveals his desire, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
We can only know the fellowship of His suffering if we suffer and we can only be made conformable to His death when we die to self.
Gethsemane is a garden of that propels
Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.(Mat 26:46)
Wow! Not only did Jesus submit to the will of God, not only did He surrender to the will of God, but He found a holy unction and excitement to “get on with” the will of God.
Only after coming out of our Gethsemane can we look great trials in the face and say, “…let us be going!”
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