Agony in the Garden

35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:35-36

These two verses are perhaps the most underrated and understated in all of Scripture. Here was the Son of God pleading with the Father to “take this cup” from Him, but yielding to God the Father’s will. In other books of the Gospel, there’s more detail about sweating drops of blood. We can sense the agony, pain, and determination with this prayer. I doubt it was this short of a prayer, and we can’t see the tears or sweat as He prayed them, but they were there.

It was at this point that there would be no turning back. Even though He had been telling His disciples about the upcoming events all along, this was the point of no return for Jesus. Had there been any other way, He would have chosen it.

This was the moment of truth, the moment that would haunt the devil and his angels for eternity. Even as the events leading up to the cross were painful and traumatic, satan knew he was defeated.

That is one glorious statement, satan was defeated. He was defeated in the garden of Gethsemane, he was defeated on the cross and in the tomb, and he was defeated in the resurrection.

Glory, Hallelujah. That agony was ultimately our victory.

The world will never be the same.

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