5 His Agony And Our Fellowship
cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the
disciples, tarry ye here, and watch with Me.” Matthew 26:36, 38
We can never fathom the agony in
Gethsemane, but at least we need not misunderstand it. It is the agony of God
and Man in one, face to face with sin. We know nothing about Gethsemane in
personal experience. Gethsemane and Calvary stand for something unique; they
are the gateway into Life for us.
It was not the death on the cross that
Jesus feared in Gethsemane; He stated most emphatically that He came on purpose
to die. In Gethsemane He feared lest He might not get through as Son of Man. He
would get through as Son of God – Satan could not touch Him there; but Satan’s
onslaught was that He would get through as an isolated Figure only; and that
would mean that He could be no Saviour. Read the record of the agony in the
light of the temptation: “Then the devil leaveth Him for a season.” In
Gethsemane Satan came back and was again overthrown. Satan’s final onslaught
against our Lord as Son of Man is in Gethsemane.
The agony in Gethsemane is the agony of the Son of God in fulfilling His
destiny as the Saviour of the world. The veil is drawn aside to reveal all it
cost Him to make it possible for us to become sons of God. His agony is the
basis of the simplicity of our salvation. The Cross of Christ is a triumph for the
Son of Man. It was not only a sign that Our Lord had triumphed, but that He had
triumphed to save the human race. Every human being can get through into the
presence of God now because of what the Son of Man went through.