By Patrick Hawthorne
41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luke 22 NKJV)
We read about it, the last moments of earthly freedom of Jesus as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Yet, do we honestly understand the significance of the sacrifice made for us. We say we trust Him, but do we deny the gift of His sacrifice, convincing ourselves that “His will be done,” is the appropriate response to all of life’s adversity or need? That, we dare not pray with any expectation of receiving the answer we seek? That, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for,” is just an outdated cliché?” *
Jesus spent His last hours of freedom in the Garden of Gethsemane whose meaning “Oil Press,” became a prophetic play of words indicative of the tortuous death awaiting Him. Jesus was about to die for you, for me…for the world. The agony upon Him was overwhelming. “Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground.”
The process of making olive oil is exceedingly brutal. To extract the oil, the olive must first be crushed and ripped in order to facilitate the release of oil from vacuoles – a vesicle containing fluid. “His sweat became like great drops of blood…
Ponder…meditate upon these words the next time you question His desire to answer your prayer O’ so fervent. “He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” ** Be blessed.