40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me.Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow. (Luke 22 ESV)
There’s so much significance here when Jesus is in the garden at the Mount of Olives. In His full divinity he knew precisely what was to happen to him over the next 24 hours – the most anguish-filled death that any human could ever experience. In his humanity, I don’t think any of us could sense that anguish that He felt that night. I mean, can you really prepare for what was to come?
Much like many who give counsel may say – “I know what you’re going through.” But can this be said of any of us in light of Christs sacrifice?
This, in it’s own way reassures us that no matter what level of suffering that you may experience in this life, whether emotional anguish, rejection, severe physical pain, anxiety to the nth degree; despite all of this, there is only who can truly say – “I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH”, because no one has suffered the way Christ suffered.
Trust during your times of suffering and hardship, in a God who has been through it all!
Discussion/Application question: What’s the hardest trial that you’ve ever been through? Were you able to trust in God? Why/Why not?