by Johnny Hunt

Our Struggles, Our Sympathizer, And Our Strength
Johnny Hunt
Matthew 26:36-39, 41; Hebrews 2:18

INTRODUCTION: In the Garden of Gethsemane which translates ''olive press'', Jesus is seen suffering in the context of impending Calvary.

''My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death.''

''He began to be grieved and distressed''- or ''sorrowful and deeply distressed.''

''My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death''

These words and phrases speak of a divine-human agony. Philip Bliss's hymn contains the words,

''Man of sorrows what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!''

The hymn was born out of Isaiah 53:3, where the predicted Messiah would be, ''a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.''

We believe that Jesus' condition brought on the climax of His anguish now as it intensified as never before, as His bearing sin in our place and His consequent estrangement from God draws near. His very soul was repulsed by the encroachment of His sin bearing, not because of the physical pain He would endure but because of His taking upon Himself there the full magnitude and defilement of all man's iniquity. His agony over the prospect was beyond description and understanding.

2 Corinthians 5:21
''For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.''

But now a very deep and desolate kind of loneliness began to sweep over Him that caused Him to be severely ''distressed.'' There is a lot of things in life that can press one into a ''bad place.''

In addition to the cross were personal disappointments that perhaps pressed upon Jesus. The treachery of Judas whom He had graciously taught and ministered to for 3 years. The desertion of the 11 other disciples, made more tragic by the fact that, for them, He was Savior and Lord. He had been their teacher, healer, encourager, friend, forgiver and supporter. The denial of Peter, the rejection o ...

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