Jesus Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane
Updated: Apr 4
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5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
Understanding himself to be the Servant of the Lord prophesied by Isaiah, Jesus thus knew what was coming: the sins of mankind were to be placed upon him. With this great burden it is no surprise he prayed in the Garden that this cup might pass from him (Mark 15.35-36)!
Becoming the sin-bearer of humanity would mean forsakenness by God the Father. This Jesus experienced on the cross (Mark 15.34). Therefore the torment of the cross was much more than the physical suffering Jesus endured. Francis Turrentin (Swiss Reformed theologian explained), "I think, what Jesus’ abandonment meant for him, Christ not only suffered a violent and bitter death but was forsaken by God the Father by His withdrawing from him the beatific vision and by suspending the joy and comfort and sense and fruition of full felicity (Institutes of Elenctic Theology ). None of us can understand what he endured out of his love for us.
John 11:25, Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies."