Imagine, if you will, the following scenario...
*The last few days of your life you had been traveling to different areas, on foot, so you could teach, heal, and comfort others, taking no thought of your own needs.
*You spent a wonderful night with your closest friends, teaching them important truths about what needed to happen when you are no longer around. You know that one of those friends is going to betray you into the hands of evil men and you do nothing to stop it, even though you have power to crush that so-called "friend".
*You take your closest friends with you to the Garden of Gethsemane where you know you will soon have to endure the most horrific ordeal anyone has ever, or will ever endure.
*After asking three of your closest friends to sit, watch, and wait while you pray, you tell them that you are feeling "sorrowful and very heavy" (Matthew 26:36), in other words, distressed and deeply grieved. You ask them to "watch with [you]"...AKA, stay awake while I perform a difficult task (Matthew 26:38).
*Then, you go "a little further...fall on [your] face, and [pray] saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt" (Matthew 26:39). You know that something incredibly painful and difficult needs to happen and even though you know the task needs to be performed, you ask your Father, your "Abba" (Mark 14:36), if there is any possible way for you to not perform the impending task, even though you know there is not.
*After this prayer, you go back to get some support from your friends only to find them asleep. "You couldn't even stay awake for an hour while I am preparing to perform a task so incredibly difficult that I am the only one who can do it?" Then you admonish your friends to "watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:41).
*You know the time has come. You leave your friends a second time and enter a secluded spot of the garden to pray once more. Once again you ask your Father to "remove the cup from you", to take away this task if it is at all possible, but once again, you humbly tell the Father, "if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, they will be done" (Matthew 26:42).
How are you feeling at this point? No one...not a single person who has ever lived, who is living now, or who will yet live on this earth can possibly understand how the Savior of the world is feeling at this moment of the greatest story ever told. I can imagine that He was feeling anxious, sorrowful, nervous, among other things, but my itty bitty finite human brain cannot fathom what the Savior was going through at this moment in time.
"Luke was the only Gospel writer to record the important detail that the Savior's suffering included 'great drops of blood' (Luke 22:44). The Savior's unparalleled suffering--the extreme pressure caused by taking upon Himself the infinite sin, sorrow, and guilt of all mankind--caused a physical condition in his body known as hematidrosis.
This condition leads to the rupture of capillaries just under the surface of the skin, causing the skin to exude a bloody sweat. Any other person would have died before this condition reached the point of bleeding from every pore, but the Savior was the Son of God and so was able to endure this great agony for us." (italics added)
"...The Father's answer was to deny the plea of His Only Begotten Son. The Atonement had to be worked out by that lamb without blemish. But though the Son's request was denied, his prayer was answered. ...Strengthened [by an angel] from heaven to do the will of the Father, the Savior fulfilled His mission" ("Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ," Ensign, May 1994, 99-100).
*After this ordeal, the Savior returned to his friends, his disciples, and found them, once again, fast asleep. "Why sleep ye?", he says. "Rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation." (Luke 22:46)
*It is at this point in the scenario that the Savior is betrayed into the hands of those who wished to destroy Him. His "friend", Judas Iscariot, betrays Him with a kiss (Luke 22:47-48) and the Savior is bound and taken to Caiaphas, the high priest.
*You would have been in "terrible physical condition as [you] stood trial before Jewish leaders." You had just experienced the agony of Gethsemane. You had been "back and forth across the Kidron Valley. [You] would have also been experiencing the effects of blood loss and likely the effects of chills from the night air upon [your] weakened body. [You have] also likely not slept in many hours. It [is] in this weakened condition that [you face] additional abuse at the hands of [your] accusers" (New Testament Institute Manual Chapter 9).
*You are spit upon and buffeted (repeatedly and violently hit). You are blindfolded and mocked. All the while knowing that you have just suffered for all of the sins of those who are inflicting this pain upon you.
From author and emeritus Seventy, Gerald N. Lund:
"Imagine the Being whose power, whose light, whose glory holds the universe in order, the Being who speaks and solar systems, galaxies, and stars come into existence--standing before wicked men and being judged by them as being of no worth or value!"
Elder Lund continues:
"When we think of what he could have done to these men who took him to judgment, we have a new and different sense of his condescension.
I hope you've been able to gain a new perspective on this event that is part of the greatest story ever told. It is the reason we are able to repent of our sins, to receive comfort in times of distress and sorrow, and it is the very reason that we will be able to live with God and our families forever.
I testify to you that Jesus Christ--our Savior, Redeemer, Advocate, Brother, and Friend--did, in very deed, suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane beyond anything that we can imagine. He could have chose not to, but He didn't. He endured that suffering for you, for me, and for every single one of God's children, whether they believe in Him or not.
I know that He performed the Atonement as the greatest act of love that anyone has ever and will ever perform. He did it so that we can receive strength in our times of weakness, comfort in our times of sorrow, and healing in our times of pain. He did it so that every wrong against us will eventually be made right.
He did it because He loves us--unconditionally and eternally. He loves us.
I know this post is lengthy, and if you have made it this far, I am impressed and thankful. I just want to leave one final quote from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Apostle of Jesus Christ.
"When those difficult times come to us, we can remember that Jesus had to descend below all things before He could ascend above them, and that He suffered pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind that He might be filled with mercy and know how to succor His people in their infirmities.
To those who stagger or stumble, He is there to steady and strengthen us. In the end He is there to save us, and for all this He gave His life." ("This Do in Remembrance of Me", Ensign, Nov. 1995, 68-69).