What are the practical implications for taking time to remember Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46)? “Every life has its Gethsemane, and every Gethsemane has its angel.” What an encouragement for us when we wrestle and pray during times of testing, trial, and temptation! Remembering Gethsemane shows us the sinfulness of our sin. Let us adore our Savior … Continue reading Why Remember Gethsemane?
Have you ever thought about why Jesus prays in a garden before His arrest? Obviously, we know that it was his custom to retreat to this grove of Olive trees to pray regularly to his Father. Otherwise, how would Judas have known where Jesus was that evening. But, beyond his regular custom for evening prayer, … Continue reading Is there any significance to Jesus praying in a garden?
The story of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane would have resonated deeply with the original recipients of Mark's gospel. The Christians in Rome were suffering intense persecution and affliction due to their loyalty to Christ. How easy it would have been to feel abandoned and forsaken by God. As His own passion commences, … Continue reading Why Pray?
In the first garden “Not your will but mine” changed paradise to desert and brought man from Eden to Gethsemane. Now “Not my will but yours” brings anguish to the man who prays it but transforms the desert into the kingdom and brings man from Gethsemane to the gates of glory. - D.A. Carson It … Continue reading Reflections for Worship – Devoted to Our Superior Weapon
Mark 14:50 - "And they all left him and fled." Let us notice how much the faith of true believers may give way. We are told that when Judas and his company laid hands on our Lord, and He quietly submitted to be taken prisoner, the eleven disciples "all forsook Him and fled." Perhaps up … Continue reading One Unfailing Friend – J.C. Ryle