Friday, April 01, 2011
Jesus in Gethsemane
When in today's Gospel Jesus was in agony, "his sweat was as great drops of blood," and we see him doing the work of fallen Adam by the sweat of his brow. And when he prayed, "if it be possible, let this cup pass," he was not thinking of self-preservation. He never thinks of self-preservation, because his perfect love is perfectly selfless. Rather, he was thinking of the cup, that is the cup of wrath he was about to drink. He did not want to displease his Father, and here he was to bear the full wrath and vindication of the Father for the sin of the world. The sermon.