Sorrow and Distress – Matthew 26:36-38

In Pleasant Places

“Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here, while I go over there and pray.’ And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.’”
Matthew 26:36-38

When I read these words, I am stricken by the evident, deep sorrow of our Lord in these last moments before He is betrayed, arrested, beaten, and taken to the cross.

This sorrow strengthens the impact of the words in Luke 9:51: “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, [Jesus] set his face to go to Jerusalem.” It does the same for Jesus’ words in John 12:27-28, “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this…

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