His Agony and Our Access
Jesus came with them to a place
called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples . . . . ’Stay here and watch with Me’ —Matthew 26:36, 38
We can never fully
comprehend Christ’s agony in the Garden
of Gethsemane, but at
least we don’t have to misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and man in one
Person, coming face to face with sin. We cannot learn about Gethsemane
through personal experience. Gethsemane and Calvary
represent something totally unique— they are the gateway into life for us.
It was not death on the
cross that Jesus agonized over in Gethsemane.
In fact, He stated very emphatically that He came with the purpose of dying.
His concern here was that He might not get through this struggle as the Son of
Man. He was
confident of getting through it as the Son of God— Satan could not touch Him
there. But Satan’s assault was that our Lord would come through for us on His
own solely as the Son of Man. If Jesus had done that, He could not have been
our Savior (Hebrews
9:11-15). Read the record of His agony in Gethsemane
in light of His earlier wilderness temptation— ". . . the devil . . .
departed from Him until an opportune time" (Luke 4:13).
In Gethsemane, Satan came back and was
overthrown again. Satan’s final assault against our Lord as the Son of Man was in Gethsemane.
The agony in Gethsemane was the agony of the Son of God in fulfilling
His destiny as the Savior of the world. The veil is pulled back here to reveal all that it cost Him
to make it possible for us to become sons of God. His agony was the basis for
the simplicity of our salvation. The Cross of Christ was a triumph for the Son of Man. It was not only a sign that our Lord had triumphed,
but that He had triumphed to save the human race. Because
of what the Son of Man went through, every human being has been provided with a
way of access into the very presence of God.
(Taken from Oswald Chambers – “My Utmost For His Highest” April 5)