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Great Nights of the Bible (12 of 16)
The Night of Agony
Clarence E. Macartney
Being in an agony!" Today there are many souls whose
biography for the day can be written in those four
words, "Being in an agony." Tomorrow there will be
many more souls who will be in "an agony"; yesterday,
too, there were souls in agony. Always souls in agony!
That is part of life. It is not strange, then, that He
who came to redeem and rescue man should have been, at
this midnight hour in the Garden of Gethsemane, in an
agony. Unless Christ had been in an agony He would not
have been qualified to become our Savior. But it
behooved Him to be made in all things like to His
brethren. And if He was going to be made in all things
like to His brethren, He had to enter into his agony.
Having been in an agony Himself, He is able now to
help others who have entered into their agony. Having
suffered Himself and having been tempted and tried-and
in the agony of this night the fearful climb of all
His trials-He is able to succor and help all those who
suffer and are tried. No one of us can miss his own
Down shadowy lanes, across strange streams
Bridged over by our broken dreams;
Behind the misty caps of years,
Beyond the great salt fount of tears,
The garden lies. Strive as you may,
You cannot miss it in your way.
All paths that have been, or shall be,
Pass somewhere through Gethsemane.
All those who journey, soon or late,
Must pass within the garden's gate;
Must kneel alone in darkness there,
And battle with some fierce despair.
God pity those who cannot say,
"Not mine but thine," who only pray,
"Let this cup pass," and cannot see
The purpose in Gethsemane.1
When Jesus was in His agony in Gethsemane there
appeared a great angel from heaven to strengthen Him.
I wonder who that angel was? Was that high distinction
given to Gabriel, who came to tell the Virgin of the
Savior's birth? Or, perhaps, was it ...
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