Yesterday we talked about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey…what we celebrate as Palm Sunday. There are so many events that took place as Jesus journeyed to the cross, and each piece was extraordinarily important in the picture that God Himself was laying out for all mankind. Jesus riding into the city on a donkey was the beginning of the last few days of Jesus’ life, it was marked with worship and celebration of their King…only for it to give way to His crucifixion.
Jesus’ time in Jerusalem was spent with His disciples, pouring out the last of the words He could offer before His death…events like the last super were revealing of the events that were about to take place and the first communion with Jesus Himself breaking the bread and passing the cup.
Today though, I want to take you to the garden.
What happened in the garden was important, at the this point Jesus is “sorrowful and troubled,” lets think about this…when a sacrifice was given for sin, the sinner would lay their hands upon the sacrifice in order to “transfer” their sin to the sacrifice. Jesus was no different, as our ultimate sacrifice the sins of the world, present and future was on the back of Jesus. The moment in the garden when He is praying, the cup that He is about to drink of is sin.
When we truly sit and think about the weight of our own personal sin, but then you add the weight of sin from billions of people (though I am sure that number is higher) the weight of every sin for all my kind was transferred to Jesus there in the garden. Jesus being who He was could have said ‘no, never mind, I can’t do this, its to much.’ He didn’t He said “may your will be done” as He prayed to the Father. Jesus didn’t just die to be an image of sacrifice, He was the full sacrifice. The weight of every sin was upon His shoulders as He went to the cross.