Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.
40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”
41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed,
42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.
46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:39-46
We know very little about what Christ prayed that anguishing night. The pressure he must have felt, the anguish, the agony of the world’s sins moved him to sweat drops of blood. It was the “moment of truth,” so to speak. The next day he would be lashed and beaten and ridiculed.
Was it worth it? Were we worth it?
Of course we are the beneficiaries of this awesome grace, but were we worth the blood, toils, and anguish to Him? When He sees what we do and how we humans make an utter mess of the world we live in, does He ever stop and ask if we were worth it? It must have been, else He would never have done it, but every so often we can sit back and think about the question.
It brings us back to clear point: He did it because He loved us. If we can wrap our minds around that thought, we’d certainly have more fruitful lives.