The victory of Gethsemane

“So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!’” (Matthew 26 v 44-46)

He was not calling them to run for their lives. This was not a call to escape, ‘let’s get out of here!’ No, this was a call to run to the confrontation. Gethsemane gives such a determined approach. He has sacrificed his fears and has been strengthened in prayer and rises with determination to face the enemy, to be taken, to suffer and to die. The betrayer and the enemy do not spring on him as in an ambush. He knows. He understands the time and the season. He knows the moment.

Gethsemane will crush you. The oil-press determines whose path you follow, yours or His. To survive the experience is not to just come out of it but it is to submit to the destiny on your life.

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