There is a practice in the Catholic religion, to meditate on the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, every Thursday evening. This practice is called the Holy Hour, practice began by Margaret Mary Alacoqune in the 1600s’s after being instructed by Christ in a vision. She was later christened a saint. As I write this evening, we shall meditate together on this agony of suffering in the garden.
The agony of Jesus in the garden. Let’s look at some of the adjectives used to describe this event in history. He became deeply troubled and distressed. In Mark 14:34, He told his disciples , “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. ” The awful hour waiting ahead of him, cup of suffering, the body weak, and he became anguished and distressed. He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.
Take some time today and review each account of the Garden of Gethsemane story. Mark 14: 32-42, Matthew 26:36-46 and Luke 22:39-46. Luke’s account of the story is a little different. An angel appears in Luke’s accounts and appears to strengthen him physically. Jesus’s grief at what had to happen next, seemed to drain him so much so that he was close to dying.
I read a commentary this morning about the choice of words that Jesus had during this time of prayer and agony. Jesus prays that God could take this cup of suffering away. Why a cup? Abba Father, he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want you will to be done, not mine.” The commentary speaks to the idea about the cup. Most likely Jesus was not in such prevailing agony about his inevitable torture, but about ours.
The “cup” is the cup of God’s wrath upon man’s sin. The cup is used as a symbol of God’s wrath several time in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 25:15-16; Isaiah 51:17, 22; Lamentations 4:21; Ezekiel 23:28-34; Habakkuk 2:16). It is likewise used as a symbol for enduring God’s wrath in Revelation 14:9-10 and 16:19. As written by a pastor Steven Lee in Minnesota, ” Jesus drinks the cup of God’s wrath, a cup that has accumulated the fury of God against sins of all types. Heinous crimes, adultery, careless words, dishonoring thoughts, lies — all of it will be punished by God.”
“This is the cup Jesus drinks on the cross.” This is the cup that he will drink tomorrow for you and me.
This song was added before to our playlist but I find it beautiful for meditation for today.