Study: Isaiah 51:22, Mark 10, 14, Matthew 26, Luke 22:44, Hebrews 5:7 The garden was a place of intense and extreme pressure in Jesus’ life. It was a place of agony. What Jesus came to understand in the Garden He did not get out there in the real world. Jesus lived His life by constant ongoing revelation from the Father. Things that happen on earth in the natural happen in prayer in the spiritual first. Jesus knew He was going to the cross. He went through the death in the Garden of Gethsemane first because the Lord revealed it to Him in prayer and He went through it emotionally before physically. Jesus died with the wrath of God laid upon Him as the full weight of the sin of man was placed upon him. The agony wasn’t just in the human flesh but also in the fact that God was saying I will not be going with you in this death. This was the first time that Jesus faced separation from the Father. In everything up until now, Jesus had gone through with the Lord giving Him revelation and out of love and communion with the Father. In the Garden, the Lord begins to step away. He wouldn’t be going with Him. An intimate relationship with the Lord means you GET to suffer! Getting to do something is a privilege. Suffering creates a union and a bond. The Lord entrusted anguish and anxiety to Jesus to bear as He accomplished the salvation of man and forgiveness of sin. Jesus could have said, ‘No Lord, let some one else do it.” However in the Garden was where Jesus made the decision to do as his father asked, no matter the cost. In the OT “the cup” is a metaphor for God’s wrath being poured out (Isaiah 51:22). In Mark 10 starting with verse 35 the disciples are talking about heaven and what their place will be. Jesus responds to them by asking them if they can drink the cup (wrath) that He will drink. Jesus asks the Lord if it is possible to let this cup pass from Him three times (Matt 26:39, 42, and 44). Did Jesus not want to go to the cross, or was it the fact that He would be going with out the Lord? Nevertheless, He says, not my will but Yours be done. As the pressure intensified, Jesus began to sweat blood (Luke 22:44). This is an actually medical condition known as hematadrosis that is caused by a rupturing of capillaries in the skin over severe anguish. Jesus was in anguish before the peace came. So many times we try to preserve ourselves so we don’t have to go through the anguish. Through sufferings bring intimacy. If we choose never to go through the olive press (trials) we will never grow in intimacy. Suffering is the sanctification process. Was there the potential for Jesus to go outside the Fathers will? What if Jesus had decided not to drink the cup? What happens if we run from trials to preserve our flesh? The desperate will hear and obey-no matter what the cost. Given what Jesus went through, why are we so often baffled by our trials? If the Lord has asked us to do something, do we respond with, not my will but yours be done, or do we run from it, hoping that it is something surely someone else could do?