Yesterday was Palm Sunday. And this is a special week to pay attention to what’s going on inside us. Do I love Jesus more this year than last year this time?
This heavy passage is about Jesus in Gethsemane – the night that Jesus hits rock bottom.
At some point, we all get to Gethsemane.
What did Jesus do?
Jesus took His community with Him. His disciples couldn’t solve the situation. They couldn’t enter into the deep with Jesus but they were there, standing in the gap for Him – praying, protecting.
We can’t be emotionally healthy without a healthy community around us. We need each other. We watch together. We need to invest in others and allow others to invest in us.
Jesus didn’t stop His emotions. He owned His emotions. He felt terror. He was terrified of what was going to happen next. He was filled with fear and heaviness. His soul was “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” (vs. 34) He felt it all. He expressed His anguish and unbearable grief.
Jesus can meet us in our dark places.
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2.18
Jesus fell to the ground and prayed for a way out. Three times, He prayed for this cup to be taken away from Him. He let out all of His emotions. He could have called the angels to rescue Him but instead, he offered up childlike sobbing into His Papa’s chest and begged for release.
Jesus teaches us how to pray. Prayer isn’t so much about the words but rather, the direction. Henry Nouwen asks, “To whom do you pray?” Jesus prays to“Abba”, which is a word that communicates closeness.
Jesus ends in a place of peace and surrender.
“Not what I want, but what you want.” (vs. 36) A prayer and heart that takes Him from a place of agony to a place of peace. Jesus is given strength to rise and face the days ahead. There is a very clear internal shift and release comes.
Our pastor shared a prayer of surrender that she often prays – “Set my heart right before You in this situation.”