Absolute sorrow. Indescribable pain. The Son of God was about to feel the stain of sin wash over Him at the cross. He was going to endure beatings and mock trials that would leave Him in humiliation. He did this for you and for me. What were these moments like for Jesus? Today’s passage gives us a glimpse.
In Gethsemane (translated olive press), Jesus would feel the pressure of the upcoming torture. He was being emotionally pressed like an olive would be pressed into oil, giving significant meaning to his location. His disciples were repeatedly hitting the snooze button while their Rabbi was facing the toughest moment of His earthly life. What did Jesus do? He prayed. He sought the Lord for strength and for perspective (let this cup pass // not My will but Yours).
Next, the betrayal, arrest, and trials… and still, Jesus kept the advancing Kingdom at the forefront. He would face the religious leaders’ mocking all while keeping a posture of humility. Oh, to have this kind of resolve!
Today, be grateful. Thank Jesus that He would endure this for you. Read over this passage and ask God to show you afresh what these final hours of Jesus’ life accomplished for us.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor