In this special episode, Christine reflects on the night of Jesus’ betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane by sharing five points of grace found in the passage of Matthew 26:36-46. This message is meant to have listeners learn more about Christ’s spiritual agony and physical passion which began that night, increasing a profound appreciation for his active obedience to the Father’s will. The featured scripture:
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch[a] with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on.[b] See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
Episode’s Reflection Resources
- Download the “Grace in Gethsemane” reflection card by clicking here.
Episode’s Featured Books
- The Cross He Bore, by Frederick S. Leahy (affiliate link)
- Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions, by Timothy Keller (affiliate link)
- Christ’s Agony, by Jonathan Edwards (affiliate link)
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