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  • 7 years ago
In the Garden with Jesus

In the Garden with Jesus

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Following the Passover meal, Jesus and the disciples cross the valley outside Jerusalem to a garden called Gethsemane. Here Jesus admits His deep anguish, fear, and dread of all that awaits Him. He is in great need of camaraderie with His friends, and strength from the Father. In stark contrast to Jesus’ radical dependence upon God in the face of great temptation, Peter and the others seem oblivious to the challenges they will face. Jesus, knowing that He will soon bear both the wrath of God for sin, and the unimaginable physical pain of the beatings and crucifixion runs in prayer to God the Father. This is a great lesson for us. When the trials and pain of life become overwhelming, where do we run? When we know temptation may lurk around the corner, where do we turn? Will we, like Peter, underestimate the dangers ahead while overestimating our own maturity and spiritual resolve? Or will we, like our Savior, admit our great fear and human weakness while turning in radical dependence to

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