“Now Behold The Lamb,” Kirk Franklin
“GETHSEMANE,” Matthew 26:36) Then Cometh Jesus With Them Unto A Place Called Gethsemane, And Saith Unto The Disciples, Sit Ye Here, While I Go And Pray Yonder. John 18:1. 37) And He Took With Him Peter And The Two Sons Of Zebedee, And Began To Be Sorrowful And Very Heavy. 38) Then Saith He Unto Them, My Soul Is Exceeding Sorrowful, Even Unto Death: Tarry Ye Here, And Watch With Me. Psalm 88:1-7, 14-16. 39) And He Went A Little Farther, And Fell On His Face, And Prayed, Saying, O My Father, If It Be Possible, Let This Cup Pass From Me: Nevertheless Not As I Will, But As Thou Wilt. 2 Samuel 15:26.
Nelson Compact Bible Commentary – v36, Judas had already gone, So The Lord Left Eight Of His Disciples At This Spot. Gethsemane (which means “oil press”) was east of Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives. v37, This Was The Third Time That Jesus Singled Out Peter, James And John To Accompany Him For A Specific Purpose. (See 17:1-13; Luke 8:49-46. v38, My Soul Is Exceedingly Sorrowful, Even To Death Seems To Look To Psalm 42:5, 6, 11; 43:5. Watch literally means “stay awake.” v39, Let This Cup Pass From Me: It Was Not The Impending Physical Suffering That Caused Jesus To Pray This Way; It Was The Reality Of Facing Separation From His Father (see 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 2:24). Cup Is A Figure of Speech For Wrath In The Old Testament (see Psalm 75:8; Isaiah 51:17).
John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v37, And He Took With Him Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee, &c.] James and John, who perhaps were the strongest, and best able to bear The Shocking Sight, and were His Favorite Disciples; who were Admitted To Be With Him at other times, when the rest were not; as at the Raising of Jairus’s daughter, ( Mark 5:37 ) , and moreover, these were at His Transfiguration on the Mount, ( Matthew 17:1 ) , Which Was A Representation And Presage Of His Glory; and so were very proper persons to be Witnesses Of His Sorrows And Agonies, which were the way to it; and three of them were taken by Him for this purpose, being a sufficient number to bear Testimony, since by the mouth of two or three witnesses everything is established: And Began To Be Sorrowful; His Soul Was Troubled On The Same Account Six Days Before, ( John 12:27 ) , But Was Now Sorrowful. He Was A Man Of Sorrows All His Days, And Acquainted With Griefs, Being Reproached And Persecuted by men: But Now A New Scene Of Sorrows Opened; Before He Was Afflicted by men, But Now He Is Bruised, And Put To Grief By His Father: His Sorrows Now Began, For They Did Not End Here, But On The Cross; Not That This Was But A Bare Beginning Of His Sorrows. Or That These Were But Light In Comparison Of Future Ones; For They Were Very heavy, And Indeed Seem To Be The Heaviest Of All, As Appears From His Own Account Of Them; His Vehement Cry To His Father; His Bloody Sweat And Agony; And The Assistance He Stood In Need Of From An Angel; And The Comfort And Strength He Received From Him In His Human Nature: All Which, Put Together, The Like Is Not To Be Observed In Any Part Of His Sufferings: And To Be Very Heavy; With The Weight Of The Sins Of His People, And The Sense Of Divine Wrath, With Which He Was So Pressed And Overwhelmed, That His Spirits Were Almost Quite Gone; He Was Ready To Sink And Die; His Heart Failed Him, And Became Like Wax Melted In The Midst Of His Bowels, Before The Wrath Of God, Which Was As A Consuming Fire: All Which Shows The Truth, Though Weakness Of His Human Nature, And The Greatness Of His Sufferings In It. THE HUMAN NATURE WAS STILL IN UNION WITH THE DIVINE PERSON OF THE SON OF GOD, AND WAS SUSTAINED BY HIM, BUT LEFT TO ITS NATURAL WEAKNESS, WITHOUT SIN, THAT IT MIGHT SUFFER TO THE UTMOST, AND AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE FOR THE SINS OF GOD’S ELECT. AMEN. Hallelujah!!!
Quest Study Bible – v36-46, SCRIPTURE LINK Jesus’ Suffering In Gethsemane Is Also Recorded In Mark 14:32-42 and Luke 22:40-46. v38-39, “Did Jesus Resist His Mission?” No, But He Did Wonder If There Might Be A Less Painful Alternative. Though Jesus Was Fully God, He Was Also Fully Human–Revealed In This Vulnerable Moment. Jesus Was Still Committed To His Purpose To Be The Savior Of The World (John 12:27). However, The Intense Suffering He Faced Caused Him To Turn To His Father For Help–Just As We Might Pray When Confronted With Overwhelming Emotional Or Physical Pain.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v36-46, He Who Made Atonement For The Sins Of Mankind, Submitted Himself In A Garden Of Suffering, To The Will Of God, From Which Man Had Revolted In A Garden Of Pleasure. Christ Took With Him Into That Part Of The Garden Where he Suffered His Agony, Only Those Who Had Witnessed His Glory In His Transfiguration. Those Are Best Prepared To Suffer With Christ, Who Have By Faith Beheld His Glory. The Words Used Denote (Indicate) The Most Entire Dejection, Amazement, Anguish, And Horror Of Mind; The State Of One Surrounded With Sorrows, Overwhelmed With Miseries, And Almost Swallowed Up With Terror And Dismay. He Now Began To Be Sorrowful, And Never Ceased To Be So Till He Said, IT IS FINISHED. He Prayed That, If Possible, The Cup Might Pass From Him. Be He Also Shewed His Perfect Readiness To Bear The Load Of His Sufferings; HE WAS WILLING TO SUBMIT TO ALL FOR OUR REDEMPTION AND SALVATION. According To This Example Of Christ, We Must Drink Of The Bitterest Cup Which God Puts Into Our Hands; Though Nature Struggle, It Must Submit. It Should Be More Our Care To Get Troubles Sanctified, And Our Hearts Satisfied Under Them, Than To Get Them Taken Away. IT IS WELL FOR US THAT OUR SALVATION IS IN THE HAND OF ONE THAT NEITHER SLUMBERS NOR SLEEPS. All Are Tempted, But We Should Be Much Afraid Of Entering Into Temptation. To Be Secured From This, WE SHOULD WATCH AND PRAY, AND CONTINUALLY LOOK UNTO THE LORD TO HOLD US UP THAT WE MAY BE SAFE. Doubtless Our Lord Had A Clear And Full View Of The Sufferings He Was To Endure, Yet He Spoke With The Greatest Calmness Till This Time. Christ Was A Surety (He Took Responsibility For Our Sins), Who Undertook To Be Answerable For Our Sins. Accordingly He Was Made Sin For Us, And Suffered For Our Sins, THE JUST FOR THE UNJUST; AND SCRIPTURE ASCRIBES HIS HEAVIEST SUFFERINGS TO THE HAND OF GOD. He Had Full Knowledge Of The Infinite Evil Of Sin, And Of The Immense Extent Of That Guilt For Which He Was To ATONE, (Aware) Of The Divine Justice And Holiness, And The Punishment Deserved By (Men For Their Sins), Such As No Tongue Can Express Or Mind Conceive. AT THE SAME TIME, CHRIST SUFFERED BEING TEMPTED; PROBABLY HORRIBLE THOUGHTS WERE SUGGESTED BY SATAN THAT TENDED TO GLOOM AND EVERY DREADFUL CONCLUSION: THESE WOULD BE THE MORE HARD TO BEAR FROM HIS PERFECT HOLINESS. And Did The Load Of Imputed Guilt So Weigh Down The Soul Of Him Of Whom It Is Said, HE UPHOLDETH ALL THINGS BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER? Into What Misery Then Must Those Sink Whose Sins Are Left Upon Their Own Heads! HOW WILL THOSE ESCAPE WHO NEGLECT SO GREAT SALVATION? Amen.