It was summer of 29, when he walked in.
The garden at Gethsemane located on a slope of the Mount of Olives just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem. Jesus frequently went to Gethsemane with His disciples to pray (John 18:2). A Ten year walk down the aisle, and now views differed on almost every subject. The most famous events at Gethsemane occurred on the night before His crucifixion when Jesus was betrayed. Frantic bouts of hysterics had driven him up the wall. As the evening began, after Jesus and His disciples had celebrated the Passover, they came to the garden. Being at the receiving end of threats was never his forte. At some point, Jesus took three of them—Peter, James and John— to a place separated from the rest. He knew he could no longer continue this way. Here Jesus asked them to watch with Him and pray so they would not fall into temptation (Matthew 26:41), but they fell asleep. She was unyielding. Twice, Jesus had to wake them and remind them to pray so that they would not fall into temptation. A life they had to build together was all shattered. This was especially poignant because Peter did indeed fall into temptation later that very night when three times he denied even knowing Jesus. The lease had expired. Jesus moved a little way from the three men to pray, and twice He asked His Father to remove the cup of wrath he was about to drink. It was this day they chose to separate as he walked homewards. But each time submitted to the Father’s will. He left his heart behind as he arrived and burst into tears. He was “exceedingly sorrowful unto death,” but God sent an angel from heaven to strengthen Him (Luke 22:43). He could not accept this. The intense anguish and sorrow Jesus felt was certainly understandable. He sat and wept like a child. Being God, Christ knew “all that was going to happen to Him” (John 18:4). He knew in painstaking detail the events that were to follow soon after He was betrayed by one of His very own disciples. Never had a scene like this been witnessed before. He knew that many who had hailed Him as the Messiah only days earlier would now be screaming for His crucifixion (Luke 23:23). He was the strong one. He knew He would be flogged nearly to the point of death before they pounded the metal spikes into His flesh. It was miserable to watch him break down. So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the ‘place of a skull’ (John 19:17) His mother arrived. No sooner had Jesus risen from his first fall, than he meets his Mother, standing by the wayside. She was dumbstruck. With immense love, Mary looks at Jesus and their eyes meet. Never knew what hit her too. Mary’s soul is steeped in bitter grief. Why us! She exclaimed. Crucifixion was considered to be the most painful and torturous method of execution ever devised. Raj told her it would soon be alright. It could be a fit of anger that ignited this. “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ( Matthew 27:46). She refused to take his calls and he knew he had no role in it. He kept on sending her messages on forgiveness and reconciliation. The spiritual pain of this feeling of abandonment no doubt greatly exceeded the intense physical pain the Lord endured on our behalf. And finally the day they feared arrived. They were called for the final reconciliation. And as they broke bread together he knew it was All Over. Jesus knowing that all had been accomplished and to fulfil scripture said, “I Thirst” A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished.” He bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30)