Reading: Matthew 26:36-44
I used to think that Jesus agonised so much during his prayer at Gethsemane due to the impending beatings, scourging, lashing and crucifixion. He was after all in human form, with flesh, blood and nerves. But now I know—and it would also be the most sorrowful state for any of us unless we are reconciled to God.
The most sorrowful state we could be in is to be cut off from God (“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”). That’s what happened to Jesus when He bore our filthy sins on the Cross, the collective transgressions of mankind from the past to the future. God is holy, no one can be in His presence unless they are cleansed (“Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”). And we are only cleansed by Jesus’ blood—the Lamb of God. Jesus bore our sins and died to pay for our ransom, but He lived a sinless life and He is God himself—neither death nor hell can contain Him (Acts 2:24-27); by His power He resurrected back to life in a glorified body, and we who cling to Him will also be resurrected in glory.
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
– Revelation 4:8, 11 (ESVUK)