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The Agony of Jesus.

The Agony of Jesus.

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Luke xxii. 44.

In an agony, he prayed more earnestly ; and his
sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down
to the ground.

Luke xxii. 44.

In an agony, he prayed more earnestly ; and his
sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down
to the ground.

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Published by: glennpease on Jul 20, 2013
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THE AGOY OF JESUS.BY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,Luke xxii. 44.In an agony, he prayed more earnestly ; and hissweat was as it were great drops of blood falling downto the ground.My brethren; the external sufferings of your Sa-viour have often been described to you with energyand force ; the cross has been reared in your pre-sence, and you have beheld it red with the blood of your Redeemer : the scourge, the thorns, the nails,and the spear, which lacerated the body of the hoi}Jesus, have been held up to your view. The remem-brance of these sorrows has affected your hearts, anddrawn tears from your eyes. We come to you to-day to fix your thoughts on another part of your Sa-326 SERMO LVi.viour's sufferings ; we mean not to elevate the crossin the midst of you, and show your Redeemer ex-tended upon it: we wish not to engage your naturalsympathy, by directing your minds to his wounds andhis blood, and by painting to you the cruelty of hisexecutioners. We are,to consider the more terriblegriefs of his soul; we are to present him suffering,not under the iniquitous sentence of Pilate, but underthe awful condemnation of God, who wounds him asour pledge and surety ; stricken, not by the ruthlesssoldiery, but by his heavenly Father. O man, theseare subjects which are calculated equally to astonishand console ! Let us meditate on them with the
most vigorous attention. " He that hath ears tohear, let him hear."Jesus, having instituted the holy sacrament, havinggiven to his disciples the most tender consolationsagainst their approaching sorrows, and having offeredin their behalf to his Father, a most affectionate andardent prayer, departs with them from Jerusalem,and crosses the brook Cedron, which flowed at theedge of the city. Over this brook David formerlypassed with a small number of faithful followers,when he fled from Jerusalem to avoid the treacheryand violence of the rebellious Absalom : the greaterson of David now crosses it, not to flee from, but tomeet his perfidious betrayer. Beyond this stream,about a mile's distance from the city, was the mountof Olives, at the foot of which was the village of Geth-semane : in this village was a garden, known by Ju-das to be often visited by the Saviour, and conse-crated by his prayers : thither he had often retiredafter the toils of the day, to hold communion with hisFather ; thither he now goes to experience woes in-conceivable.LIFE OF CHRIST. 327Having arrived at Gethsemane, he takes with himPeter, and James, and John, and retires with themto the hallowed garden. It was necessary that be-lievers should know what Christ had undergone fortheir salvation ; and as this was one of the principalscenes of his sufferings, it was therefore needful thathe should have witnesses of it. But why were theseparticular disciples chosen from the rest, for thisoffice ? Two reasons may be assigned :1. It appears from the whole evangelical history,that these three were peculiarly beloved by our
Lord, in evidence of which he bestowed upon themonly, new and characteristic names ; they were, asone of the Fathers expresses it, " the elect amongthe elect." Christ, therefore, by choosing them tobehold and participate in his sufferings, at once gavea strong proof of his confidence and affection, andhas taught his disciples in every age this useful les-son : that he leads not his favourites to heaven, bya path strewn with flowers, and that a communion inhis griefs should be so far from distressing us, that weshould consider it as a testimony of his affection.2. But a second reason of the selection of thesethree disciples to be witnesses of his agony was, be-cause they were better prepared than the others tobehold this deep humiliation of their Lord, since theyonly had witnessed his transfiguration. It was mostproper that those who had beheld Jesus upon Ta-bor, in the majesty of his divine nature, encircledwith glory, adored by Moses and Elias, should be-hold him in the depression of his human nature, dis-tressed, and contemplating only objects of terror anddismay. That they who had heard the illustrioustestimony of God, " This is my beloved Son," shouldalso hear the complaints and groans that the Saviour328 SERMO LV1,pours out to his Father : that they who had seen hisface luminous as the sun, should also behold it castdown with grief, and covered with a bloody sweatHad this last scene been presented toany who had notbeen fortified by the fir9t, they could scarcely havepreserved their faith unshaken ; they could scarcelyhave avoided doubting whether this were indeed theexpected Messiah, whether this were indeed the ob- ject of God's paternal love. There was then a pe-culiar propriety in the selection of these three per-

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