The Humanity of Jesus

Like 14:32-35 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said,“everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

This moment in the Garden of Gethsemene reveals Jesus’s humanity; He feels deep sorrow in His soul, and He prays continuously for God to remove the impending suffering. Jesus cries tears of blood. He knows the weight and gravity of His purpose — to die for the world’s sin.  He grieves over carrying every burden of man on His shoulders to the point of death.  And so, He asks God to “take this cup.”  How human of Jesus to cry to God for help.  Yet, in this deeply sorrowful, deeply human moment, Christ also reveals His divinity, trusting His Father’s Will. Even Jesus Christ prays to His Father for His will to be done! Because of Christ’s faithfulness to God’s will – His enduring suffering for us – our sins are cancelled by the cross.  May our continuous prayer, even in our darkest moments, be thankfulness for Christ’s great sacrifice and a willingness for God to carry out His will in our lives. 

Photo: Lisbon, Portugal


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