The Garden of Gethsemane

 Photo taken by Jacque Wallace Photography  

Photo taken by Jacque Wallace Photography  

Everyone has a Garden of Gethsemane that they must face. The Garden of Gethsemane is a place of decision. It is likened unto a changing of the guards... from your will, to God's will. For most of us, letting go of our will is usually hard. We naturally have a tendency to want to hold on to everything that we are, but the word of God has specifically said this, "If you try to hang onto your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel, you will save it." Mark 8:35.

Holding on to our life has the simple meaning of doing what we want to do. Giving up our life for the sake of God's will means that we decide to humble ourselves in doing what God wants us to do. Doing so puts us in partnership with God and therefore positions us to become "one" with Christ. Jesus is a witness to this statement when he said, "I and my Father are one." John 10:30, and then he also says, "I can do nothing on my own...because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me." John 5:30.

We, the human race, may have never experienced God's amazing grace, redemption and transforming power, had Jesus not surrendered his will to his Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus' victory and the redemption of the human race took place way before his crucifixion and death on the cross; it took place in the GARDEN when he decided to humble himself to the will of God. 

 Garden under Brooklyn Bridge

Garden under Brooklyn Bridge

Matthew chapter 26, verses 36 through 44 gives us a clear picture of the humbling experience that Jesus was going through.  Prior to the cruxifixction and death of Jesus, we are able to witness him wrestle with God's will in Gethsemane. This is what made Jesus relatable to the human race(Hebrews 4:15). The book of Matthew described Jesus as being filled with great sadness and agony that was likened unto death when you lose someone you love.

 Brooklyn Garden  

Brooklyn Garden  

Jesus fell on his face and pleaded with God three times in the garden saying, "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will." Matthew 26:39. How many of us plead with God by begging, kicking and screaming, because we often find it hard to do what His will is requiring from us? Quite frankly, it IS hard! At times God challenges the parts of us that we are often still holding onto, and that major challenge is our will! But the beginning of God's own purpose is birthed in us as we obey Him. 

Even Jacob in the Old Testament wrestled with God, Hosea 12:3-4. We mainly read about Jacob wrestling with God for a blessing, but the thing that I want to point out about Jacob is this:

Jacob wanted God's will in him ultimately being blessed so much, that he was willing to FIGHT for it. Jacob wrestled with an Angel all night long(Genesis 32:1-32); sure, he could have given up at some point and said "enough is enough!". He could have quit because honestly-- he was ALREADY blessed. But just like Jesus, Jacob decided that He would rather hold on and humble himself to the will of God even if it meant that he had to die. 

My to question to you today, what is your Garden of Gethsemane requiring of you? What decision are you fighting with God on? God is speaking today for us to stop fighting with Him. As we yield to God, there will be a great strength that will come to us just as it came to Jesus in the hour when we need it most. Luke 22:39-43. 

The Spirit of Christ is whispering in this hour: 

"Do not be like the horse or mule, which have no understanding, but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you."

Psalm 32:9  

May God's will be done completely in your life as you yield to him....

 

Blessings, 

Bridgett McNeill