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he agony of our Lord in Geth-   He “began to be sore amazed, and to be
              semane was a once-for-all occa-  very heavy” (Mar 14:33). Then walking
        Tsion. No one else will ever have a   deeper into the garden, He collapses to
        “Gethsemane Moment” of his or her own.   His knees with His face to the ground
        This was an experience unique to our Lord   and begins to pray, “O my Father, if it be
        Jesus Christ.                         possible, let this cup pass from me: nev-
          As Jesus enters the garden, a place   ertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt”
        where He has been many times before,   (Mat 26:39).
        He knows that this occasion will be dif-  In His prayer He doesn’t mention cru-
        ferent. The number of His followers is   cifixion. He doesn’t refer to the horrific
        already different. His disciples had joined   scourging that awaits him nor to the pain-
        him here often (Joh 18:2b), but now “the   ful crown soon to adorn His sacred head.
        twelve” have become eleven and the    Bodily sufferings are not the subject of His
        reason for Judas’ absence will soon be   cries to His Father. There is something far
        apparent to them all.                 more dreadful still. What troubles Him
          Another difference would be especially   is not a cross but a cup. Old Testament
        noticed by Peter and the sons of Zebedee.   passages describe God’s wrath against
        Invited to observe history from a closer   sin as a cup of judgment to be consumed
        distance than the others, Peter, James   (Psa 75:8; Isa 51:17; Jer 25:15-16). As the
        and John would be alarmed to witness   sinless Savior ponders drinking such an
        strong crying and tears (Heb 5:7) from our   abominable cup, His agony and sorrow
        blessed Savior. Jesus had wept before, but   are so intense that He asks His Father to
        never like this. Something was different.   remove it from Him, if it is possible and
        Sorrowful Unto Death                  within His will. It is then that another
          Before he walks a stone’s throw distance   presence fills the garden.
        from the favored three, Jesus tells them,   Strengthened to Suffer More
        “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even   Luke records that “there appeared an
        unto death” (Mat 26:38).  Mark adds that   angel unto him from heaven, strengthen-
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        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   ing him” (22:43). Although His sorrow
        the KJV unless otherwise noted.       was “even unto death,” there would not

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