Daily Dose, March 20 — Gethsemane

  “Then He said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death….’” (Matthew 26:38) Can you even imagine this moment in Jesus’ life? We often think of Him teaching, healing and loving people. We can even imagine Him giving the religious leaders a thing or two. This moment is drastically different. In this moment Jesus is greatly troubled. It is so bad, Matthew describes Jesus’ soul as so troubled, so deeply grieved, it is “even to death.” Christ knew what lay ahead…and it was troubling. Sometimes we can stand on the brink of something incredibly hard, painful, and we, too, can be so greatly troubled. We, too, can be grieved as we stand on that brink. In those times, we can think back to Jesus and learn from the Master how to stand in that moment, through that season. Jesus went to a quiet, secluded place, and He found strength as He was alone with God. Nothing replaces what we are able to receive from our time alone with God. It is, as the song, “In the Garden,” says as it ends, “Tho the night around me be falling but He bids me go; through the voice of woe His voice to me is calling, and He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own….” Whatever we stand on the brink of…we stand with Christ, and nothing can change that! -- Rev. Terri Henkel