The Personal Agony Of Jesus
“And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 23:44).
This is a story that is most often told around Easter. I believe it is a story that can be told anytime. It’s timeless, always important to repeat.
That night, the infamous day He was arrested in the garden, atop the Mount of Olives, Jesus prayed more earnestly to His Father. He was accustomed to praying there in Gethsemane often. As He prayed His beloved disciples stood nearby. Now, the moment of Jesus’ betrayal and arrest was close at hand; He was aware His accusers were on their way, they were coming for Him! The intended tragedy of this night was all about our Savior. Jesus was already experiencing tremendous agony as He considered all the pain He was going to be going through in the next few hours.
We can never fully understand the extent of agony Jesus went through that night in the garden; the fear, the terror, the extreme feelings of rejection He must have felt; and by those whom He loved so much! We can never begin to imagine the emotional agony He went through, yet He willingly went with His accusers, His tormentors, and He did so enduring His personal agony just so you and I could be forgiven for our transgressions, and not be bruised ourselves for our iniquities. “The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). His personal agony provided for our salvation!
O Lord, we are sorry and repent of our sins. Thank You for what You have done for us (me.)