Mark 14:35, 36 - Gethsemane: The Sufferings of His Broken Heart.
Mark 14:35, 36: Gethsemane: The Sufferings of His Broken Heart.
Mark 14:35, 36 (NLT) He went on a little farther and fell to the
ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him
might pass him by. 36 Abba, Father, he cried out, everything
is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from
me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.
Go with me for a moment to witness what was perhaps the
foggiest night in history. The scene is very simple; youll recognize
it quickly. A grove of twisted olive trees. Ground cluttered with
large rocks. A low stone fence. A dark, dark night.
Now, look into the picture. Look closely through the shadowy
foliage. See that person? See that solitary figure? Whats he doing?
Flat on the ground. Face stained with dirt and tears. Fists pounding
the hard earth. Eyes wide with a stupor of fear. Hair matted with
salty sweat. Is that blood on his forehead?
Thats Jesus. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Maybe youve seen the classic portrait of Christ in the
garden. Kneeling beside a big rock. Snow-white robe. Hands peacefully
folded in prayer. A look of serenity on his face. Halo over his head. A
spotlight from heaven illuminating his golden-brown hair.
Now, Im no artist, but I can tell you one thing. The man
who painted that picture didnt use the gospel of Mark as a
pattern. When Mark wrote about that painful night, he used phrases like
these: Horror and dismay came over him. My heart is ready to
break with grief. He went a little forward and threw himself on
Does this look like the picture of a saintly Jesus resting in
the palm of God? Hardly. Mark used black paint to describe this
scene. We see an agonizing, straining, and struggling Jesus. We see a
man of sorrows. (Isaiah 53:3 NASB) We see a man struggling with
fear, wrestling with commitments, and yearning for relief.
We see Jesus in the fog of a broken heart.
The writer of Hebrews would later pen, During the days of
Jesus life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud
cries and tears to the one who could save him from death. (Hebrews
My, what a portrait! Jesus is in pain. Jesus is on the stage
of fear. Jesus is cloaked, not in sainthood, but in humanity.
The next time the fog finds you, you might do well to
remember Jesus in the garden. The next time you think that no one
understands, reread the fourteenth chapter of Mark. The next time your
self-pity convinces you that no one cares, pay a visit to Gethsemane. And
the next time you wonder if God really perceives the pain that
prevails on this dusty planet, listen to him pleading among the twisted
The next time you are called to suffer, pay attention. It may
be the closest youll ever get to God. Watch closely. It could
very well be that the hand that extends itself to lead you out of the
fog is a pierced one. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVa7UoruIo [old, but one of the best]
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
Restoring The Power by John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet:
Last Day Prophecy: His Other Sheep by Pastor Gerald Babanezhad: