The Battle at the Garden of Gethsemane


Mark 14:32-42

According to a very reliable source (IMDb) it has been two years since Superman went up against Zod. The city of Metropolis was devastated by death and destruction. The wait is over. Superman returns to the big screen with another DC Comic legend in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Bruce Wayne is convinced that Superman is now a threat to mankind. Batman takes it upon himself to end Superman.  Ok. I have to admit sounds interesting enough.  But who doesn’t love a good fictional battle between good and evil? But what about the battle that takes place in our everyday life? The battle between God and Satan. The battle for our souls.

It had been Satan’s plan from the day Jesus was born to keep him from the cross at Calvary. Throughout the Bible we hear stories of Satan tempting Jesus. For example, at the age of two, Satan tried to have Jesus killed by Herod; He tried to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world, if He would worship Satan and he tried to tempt Jesus wile in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights. The battle rages on today and although Satan has been defeated he will not stop trying to destroy what’s in his path until his time on earth has come to an end.

 Our battle begins in Mark chapter 14 verse 32. Jesus and His disciples have celebrated the Passover, when they arrive at the garden. Jesus takes Peter, James and John deeper into the garden and asks them to “Sit”, “Watch” and “Pray.” Jesus becomes troubled and distressed and says to them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.” Jesus finds himself a quiet spot and falls to the ground asking God to take the cup –the cup of God’s wrath from him. He returns and finds the disciples asleep.  “Couldn’t you watch with me even for one hour,” Jesus said to Peter. “Keep watch and pray, so that you do not fall into temptation.” Jesus left them again a third time and returned to find them asleep again. Jesus said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But know the time has come. The son of Man is betrayed into the hands of the sinner.”

 Jesus did what we should all do when we find our self-troubled. He showed us the power of prayer. His honesty and obedience and His willingness to submit to the Heavenly Father speaks volumes to my heart. Jesus may have been having second thoughts, but He went to the Father for comfort and strength. He knew God’s plan. He knew it must be carried out to the very end. He realized His pain would be more than a physical pain; it would be a spiritual and emotional pain as well. God the Father was going to pour out His judgment on wrath on His son. Jesus would hang on the cross for our sins: past present and future. And He prayed:  “Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”  Prayer isn’t necessarily about changing the circumstance we find ourselves in, but trusting the God who fights for our soul. ~Tonya


Your Turn: Jesus was willing to die on the cross for your sins. Hebrews 12:12 says that Jesus- “because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Despite knowing what was going to happen to Him He submitted to the will of God and was nailed to the cross for our transgressions.  The question is- Is He your Lord and Savior? We invite you to share an Easter service with us at Church of the Highlands. – Breath on Paper


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3 thoughts on “The Battle at the Garden of Gethsemane

  1. Tonya: “Prayer isn’t necessarily about changing the circumstance we find ourselves in, but trusting the God who fights for our soul.” Nailed it. Great post!

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