God’s Wonderful Wisdom
However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:6–8 NKJV
Christ’s absolute humanity is seen in the Garden of Gethsemane. The weight and agony on Jesus is beyond comprehension. Listen to what He said in His prayer: My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with me. Matthew 26:38 NASB
Jesus gave His disciples an invitation to watch and pray with Him. We see here the transparency of the Godhead. This is a picture of the unity for which Jesus was praying in John 17 concerning His disciples and for all those who would believe through their word. They were not yet ready to enter into that oneness with Christ. Are we?
Jesus had to suffer in His spirit, soul, and body! He suffered in His spirit as He knows He is being separated from the Father to bare our sins. He suffered in His soul in not only baring our sins on the tree but carrying our sins to hell. In the garden, He began to experience the total weight and ramifications of what was before Him. His body was about to experience all the horror of the crucifixion and, before that, the rejection of His own people and the scourging He would receive at Pilots command. Isaiah 53 comes into focus in the garden as the sins of the world are laid on Jesus, the Christ.
Heaven, earth, and hell are all converged in Gethsemane. The battle of the ages was about to begin. Our sins were to be laid on Christ. His precious blood was already falling to the ground in His sweat. The knowledge of rejection and betrayal was overwhelming Him.
An angel was sent to strengthen Jesus in His hour of suffering as the weight of the sins of all humanity was laid on Him. All of hell, as the prince of darkness and all his demons orchestrate the death of Christ, was thinking that they are getting rid of the King of Glory. They did not know that the powers of darkness would once and for all be defeated. Part of heaven’s plan was that the body of Christ, His church, regenerated Israel created by the Holy Spirit, would be the means by which the total destruction of Satan’s kingdom would be completed as heaven and earth become one.
As Jesus entered into His agony, He prayed so intensely that His sweat “became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:44 NKJV). Science calls this hematohidrosis, a rare clinical phenomenon. In the Garden of Eden, heaven and earth came together. With the disciples representing humankind and an angel representing heaven, together they ministered to Jesus. It is still that way in the new priesthood which Christ established. The Word of heaven is meant to be in all of us. We are meant to take that Word to the world, declaring that Jesus has overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14–16 NASB
Isolation is the tactic of the enemy. We need, first, the Holy Spirit as our helper; second, two or three close believers; and, third, the body of Christ led by true apostolic and shepherding leaders. These are patterns found throughout the New Testament:
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26 NASB
For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst. Matthew 18:20 NASB
But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. Matthew 18:16 NASB
Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18:19 NASB
When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. Acts 14:23 NASB
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus did not use His divinity to His advantage by relieving or eliminating His sufferings. In His suffering and praying, He was fully yielded to His Father as the last Adam. He was fully created in the image of God. He was fully sinless and completely in harmony with the will of His Father in heaven. Jesus, the Christ, was committed to finish the work for which He had been sent in spite of the agony He was about to endure and had already experienced in the garden. He was about to redeem the first Adam’s fall and separation from God. He was about to begin a whole new creation by the Spirit out of the chaos of man’s sinfulness through God’s redemptive grace and love.