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Agony in Gethsemane
By Greg Laurie

“So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

—Galatians 2:20


The ultimate triumph at Calvary first took place beneath the gnarled old

olive trees of Gethsemane.


Jesus went to Gethsemane on a number of occasions. It was where He prayed.

And next to the crucifixion itself, this time in Gethsemane was

probably the loneliest and most difficult moment of

Jesus’s earthly life and ministry. There, Jesus underwent stress of cosmic

dimensions, the greatest in the chronicles of the universe.


Have you ever felt extremely lonely? Have you ever felt as though

you were cut off or abandoned by your friends and family?

Or have you ever felt completely misunderstood? If so, then you have a

faint idea of what the Lord Jesus went through when He agonized in Gethsemane.


While Jesus contemplated the horrors of the cross, He asked one favor of His

disciples Peter, James, and John. He said, “My soul is crushed with

grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me” (Mark 14:34 NLT).


Jesus didn’t need an explanation or even a sermon. He was simply asking his disciples

to stay with Him. Jesus, who was God yet human, experienced intense loneliness.


The Bible says of Him, “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for

he faced all the same testing we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly

to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will

find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:15–16 NLT).


We need to remember the words above in our moments of loneliness, when

we feel that our friends and family have let us down—and sometimes,

when we think that even God has let us down. Remember that Jesus has

been there and knows what it’s like. He knows you need Him to stay with you,

and He always will.

Latest comments

09.09 | 06:52

Thank you for this! You might enjoy my take on the whole 'Christmas' story, not born on Dec 25th etc,

17.03 | 07:11

Praise God! He is so good to all of us!

16.03 | 22:20

I needed to hear this today. Its been sooo very difficult for a long time honestly asked God if I was the toxic one and just didn't realize it so I could repent

12.01 | 04:32

this is so beautiful and such a testimony to the Lord's healing power and sanctification through our suffering. Much of my walk with Christ is similar to yours.