The scene in Gethsemane is an amazing example of Jesus’s humility. It shows how he was fully God and fully human. As the Almighty, Jesus knew exactly what would happen to him because past, present and future are all the same in a world without time. Yet, he humbled himself to submit to the human world where even his closest friends couldn’t conquer the effects of time (vs.37-38). As fully human, Jesus was susceptible to the agony of enduring physical pain for several hours, to feeling the disownment and betrayal by his friends and to the number of other things that made him “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death”. Yet, he humbled himself to submit to his Father’s plan. It is incredible to think that Jesus could simultaneously be humbling his God-self down to the human level and humbling his human-self to submit to God. He shows us how God humbles himself to reach out to us and how we can humble ourselves to let God be in control.
Later in the chapter, we can see a contrast between Jesus’s courage before the Sanhedrin and Peter’s overwhelming fear in his denial. But in Gethsemane, we see Jesus experiencing troubling human emotions. It is such a relief to know that we have a Savior and Creator who doesn’t expect us to never have emotions such as fear, sorrow, depression, distress, etc. Sometimes I think that I must not be trusting God enough if I’m scared or distressed. But that is not at all the example Jesus gives here. Jesus was perfect and had perfect trust in God, yet he was still deeply troubled. It is also a relief to see that God doesn’t leave him in his sorrow. After his prayer in the garden, Jesus was incredibly courageous before the Sanhedrin (vs. 62). God does amazing things through prayer.