How would you be feeling at this point in the scenario? Scared? Tired? Wanting to run away from your divine destiny?
Let's continue with our scenario...
*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.
For the next portion of our scenario, I turn to the book of Luke, chapter 22, and to the New Testament Institute Student Manual to help pain a picture of what happened next.
"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.
Maybe you are thinking, "Why didn't God help the Savior?" If this was truly His Only Begotten, why did He leave Him to suffer like this? We find the answer to that question in Luke 22:43. "And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him." President Dallin H. Oaks, an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, offers some insights to this experience with the angel.
"...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).
Turning back to the New Testament Institute Manual: "But eventually even the angel left the Savior, for He was required to complete the great atoning sacrifice by Himself. In these latter days, the Savior has declared that when He comes to earth in glory, His voice will be heard saying, 'I have trodden the wine-press alone, and have brought judgment upon all people; and none were with me' (D&C 133:50)".
Returning to our scenario:
*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!"
"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.
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