Jesus and his followers went to a place named Gethsemane. Jesus said to the followers, "Sit here while I pray." Jesus told Peter, James, and John to come with him. Then Jesus began to be very troubled and full of sorrow.
— Mark 14:32-33
We must never underestimate the emotional and spiritual challenges that Jesus faced as his rejection, desertion, and crucifixion approached. The battle for our souls takes place at Gethsemane as much as it does at the Cross. Here, Jesus will not just battle those who hate him and those who will crucify him; he also has to battle his own humanity and will. In Gethsemane, the path that Jesus will follow—the path to the humiliation of the Cross—is determined by the only one who can accept it. Jesus offers himself to the Father and to us knowing the dire consequences.
O precious and Almighty Father, words cannot express my sadness. I know that Jesus fully realized what lay ahead of him. I know that this caused him great anguish as he looked at what he would face. Thank you for such love. And to you, Lord Jesus, what can I say but thank you, bless you, and praise you for your obedient and sacrificial love. To you, dear Father, belongs all glory, honor, and praise. To you, dear Savior, belongs all respect, reverence, and humble appreciation. Amen.
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Those children are people with physical bodies. So Jesus himself became like those people and had the same experiences people have. Jesus did this so that, by dying, he could destroy the one who has the power of death. That one is the devil.
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