Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” – Matthew 26:36-38
Sometimes the weight of worry is crushing, isn’t it? Fear can bring us to the point of what feels like death. Grief, if it comes to that, is a certain type of death to get through. And the anxiety of it all can bring us such loneliness.
Jesus chose those closest to Him to share His worry in Gethsemane. He was anguished and distressed. He was honest with His friends and told them how He felt and what He needed.
You know what this passage tells me, Dear One?
It tells me that Jesus gets it. I mean, He really gets it.
He knows the anguish. He feels the distress. He tastes your grief.
And He… the Savior of the world, the only begotten Son of the Living God… He is the one who is keeping watch.
He loves you that much.
Today, imagine yourself in the garden with Jesus. This time it is He who is close by as you wrestle with God. He’s shouldering your worry. He’s sharing your anxiety. He’s halving your fear.
Detail in your mind how this would go. What would you say? How would He comfort you? What songs would you sing? What would He say as He prays to the Father with your name on His lips?
Sweet Jesus, thank You for keeping watch through our anguish. Thank You for never leaving us alone as we shoulder worry and grief. In Your Name We Pray, Amen…
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