Which Gate Out Of The Garden? by Frank Pollard

By Frank Pollard
"Which Gate Out of the Garden?"
Mark 14

She taught the cities' children of privilege in a
wealthy, manicured neighborhood that stood in sharp
contrast to an adjacent slum area. She kept to herself and
tried not to venture out into neighboring areas. One
evening as she walked down the street, she heard a woman
crying out for help. Just then a dying woman fell into her
arms. Seeing that her condition was critical, she rushed
her to the hospital. When the staff observed that the ill
woman was poor, they were told to take a seat and wait.
She sensed this woman was going to die without immediate
medical attention so she left and went to another
hospital. Again they were told to wait. After the nurses
and doctors still did not come, she took the dying woman to
her own home where later that night she died in the school
teacher's arms. The young teacher decided that would never
happen again to anyone if she could help it. She decided
to devote the rest of her life to easing the pain of those
around her so they could live or die in dignity. The city
was Calcutta. The woman was Theresa. For her it was a
defining moment.
In the Garden of Gethsemane our Lord Christ faced His
most defining moment. He had faced this path before. But
now it had come to one festering head. Now the decision
was eminent: Go or no go. The agony of death, humiliation
and the cross or just back to heaven without it. And my
life and yours and His was at stake. Hear the Word of God,
would you,? rom Mark }4 beginning iLn verse 32: "They went
to a place called Gethsemane and Jesus said to His
disciples, 'Sit here while I pray.' He took Peter, James
and John along with him and be began to be deeply
distressed and troubled. 'My soul is overwhelmed with
sorrow to the point of death,' he said to them. 'Stay here
and keep watch. Going a little farther, He fell to the
ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from
him. 'Abba (Father),' he said, ...


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