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I AM JESUS.

I AM JESUS.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. J. BATTERSBY,



In the 18th Chapter of St. John's Gospel, and at the
6th verse, you will read :

**As SOON THEN AS He HAD SAID UNTO THEM, I
AM He, THEY WENT BACKWARD, AND FELL TO
THE GROUND."
BY REV. J. BATTERSBY,



In the 18th Chapter of St. John's Gospel, and at the
6th verse, you will read :

**As SOON THEN AS He HAD SAID UNTO THEM, I
AM He, THEY WENT BACKWARD, AND FELL TO
THE GROUND."

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I AM JESUS.BY REV. J. BATTERSBY,In the 18th Chapter of St. John's Gospel, and at the6th verse, you will read :**As SOO THE AS He HAD SAID UTO THEM, IAM He, THEY WET BACKWARD, AD FELL TOTHE GROUD."In the first twelve verses of this chapter, we have anaccount, although not a full and complete account of what took place in the Garden of Gethsemane whenour Lord resorted thither with His disciples for the lasttime. In order to obtain as full and comprehensive aview as possible of the whole Garden scene, we shallhave occasionally to turn to the other Gospels to seewhat the writers of them have said respecting it. Weshall not attempt to appeal to tradition, but to thesacred writings, in bringing before you the series of solemn events which occurred in the Garden of Geth-semane during the night our Lord was betrayed byJudas, and bound by the officers of the Jews, and ledaway to be tried, and finally to be taken as a lamb tothe slaughter, to be crucified and slain on Calvary.Digitized by VjOOQICThe redemption and salvation of His people must beaccomplished, and the honour and glory of God mustbe maintained, though wicked hands be employed to dothat which His counsel determined before to be done.Let us notice : — First J the place of the scene — the Garden of Gethsemane;and Secondly^ some of the sayings and doings of the Saviourin the Mount of Olives and in the Garden before Judasbetrayed Him with a kiss ; and Thirdly^ some of thesayings and doings of the Saviour after His betrayal byJudas until He was led away to the high priest. I hopethat, under these divisions of our subject, we shall beable to open out to you what befell our Lord during the
 
night before His crucifixion and death. It is a night of the Lord to be observed of all His followers in all theirgenerations. Consider : — First J the place of the scene : its name — the Garden of Gethsemane. I shall not be able to indulge you with agraphic description of Gethsemane, this I must leaveto others who are more highly gifted in this directionthan I am. I shall, however, endeavour to give yousome facts relating to the Garden scene. St. Matthewand St. Mark say, the place was called Gethsemane^which means, that it was a place either of an *' oilpress " or of a ** wine press." St. Luke calls itemphatically ^^ the place^^ and St. John says, ** Wherethere was a Garden^ into which He entered, and Hisdisciples." There is no disagreement in the accountwhich the Evangelists give of this Garden whither Jesusofttimes resorted with His disciples. This Garden mayhave belonged to some friend of our Lord, from whomthe Saviour had obtained leave to retire whenever Hewas pleased so to do. This is the opinion of some whohave investigated the subject more fully than I haveattempted to do. I would observe, that it is well for usto have some place of retirement for communion andfellowship with our heavenly Father. The spot fixedupon may be in a mountain apart, or in a desert place,or in the solitary corner of a garden, or under theshade of some tree, or in an upper room, or in the quietDigitized by VjOOQIC83closet. The Lord's example may be pleaded in favourof such practice. And there is something so real inpersons withdrawing from the public gaze of men intoprivate and secret wrestling with God, that we are com-pelled to say, ''Surely the religion of such persons isnot in vain in the Lord." ow notice : — The situation of the Garden. Three of the Evangelistssay that our Lord ''went out, or came out and went asHe was wont to the Mount of Olives/' St. John says,"When Jesus had spoken these words," referring tothe preceding chapter, which is our Lord's intercessory
 
prayer for His true followers, " He went forth with Hisdisciples over the brook Kidron." The brook Kidrondivided Jerusalem from Olivet. Kidron is a brook without water, except in the winter season, or in stormyweather. Over this brook, the Lord passed with Hisdisciples into the Garden of Gethsemane, which was tothe East, and distant from the walls of Jerusalem abouthalf-a-mile, and near to the foot of the Mount of Olives.A sorrowing servant of the Lord, and an eminent typeof the Saviour, had passed over Kidron before. WhenAbsalom and his followers conspired against David, theking fled. It is said, " And all the country wept with aloud voice, and all the people passed over: the kingalso himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all thepeople passed over toward the way of the wilderness."..." And David went up by the ascent of MountOlivet, and wept as he went up, and had his headcovered, and he went barefoot : and all the people thatwas with him covered every man his head, and theywent up, weeping as they went up." (2 Sam. xv.) TheSaviour had to drink of the dark brook of sorrow andaffliction in the way before He could lift up His head,and sit down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.Josiah, another eminent type of Christ, commanded thepriests " to bring forth out of the temple of the Lordall the vessels that were made for Baal, and for thegrove, and for all the host of heaven : and he burnedthem without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron." . . ." And he brought out,'' Ashtoreth the goddess of, " theDigitized by VjOOQIC84grove;from the house of the Lord without Jerusalem, untothe brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron,and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powderthereof upon the graves of the children of the people."(2 Kings xxiii. 4, 6.) igh to this place it was, that thesoul sufferings of Jesus had to be endured, which haveto end in the destruction of all idolatry and falseworship. '* For this purpose the Son of God wasmanifested, that He might destroy the works of thedevil." The agonizing sufferings of the Son of God inthe Garden of Gethsemane on behalf of His people

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