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Lessons From Gethsemane

Lessons From Gethsemane

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PASSION WEEK STUDIES
TEXT; Mark 14:32. "And they came to a place which
was named Gethsemane."

PASSION WEEK STUDIES
TEXT; Mark 14:32. "And they came to a place which
was named Gethsemane."

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Lessons from GethsemaneBY FREDERICK D.KERSHER PASSIO WEEK STUDIESTEXT; Mark 14:32. "And they came to a place whichwas named Gethsemane."THE story of the Scriptures is largely a story of gardens. It begins in Genesis with the Gardenof Eden with its vision of innocence enshrined amid abower of roses and daffodils, and it closes in Revela-tion with a picture of the garden of God that shallbecome the Paradise of the redeemed. Humanity, withits misery and sin, is bounded on each side by flowers.Eden and Paradise are both pictured as gardens, andbetween the regret for the garden that has faded andthe longing for the garden that is to be revealed liesthe checkered pathway of the sons of men.Midway between the two gardens of the past andof the future, we come to another which we all shrink from entering. As we read the title over the gate,fear and anguish overwhelm us for it is the dreadedgarden of Gethsemane. Escape it, we cannot for ourpathway lies straight on. The road has closed behindus. On both sides, impassable precipices rear them-selves. There is but one path for us and that path isthrough the garden. Ella Wheeler Wilcox has pic-[44]
 
PASSIO WEEK STUDIEStured in imforgetable fashion the inevitableness of Gethsemane."Down shadowy lanes, across strange streamsBridged over by our broken dreams;Behind the misty caps of years,Beyond the great salt fount of tears,The garden lies. Strive as you may,You cannot miss it in your way.All paths that have been, or shall be.Pass somewhere through Gethsemane."All those who journey, soon or late,Must pass within the garden's gate ;Must kneel alone in darkness there.And battle with some fierce despair.God pity those who cannot say,'ot mine but thine,' who only pray,'Let this cup pass,' and cannot seeThe purpose in Gethsemane."Gethsemane represents the never-ending strugglebetween the spirit and the flesh, between the higherand the lower natures, between the weakness of thehuman and the aspiration toward the divine which ischaracteristic of every step upward in character.I. Gethsemane and Human Friendships,It is noticeable when we first come to the garden
 
that, like the Christ, we have all of our friends withus; but as we enter beneath the low-roofed archway,we voluntarily elect to leave most of them behind. Itis said that sorrow loves company, but it is certainlytrue that it does not love too much company. Thebitter agony which wrings our hearts shrinks fromthe publicity of even the gaze of friendship. Perhaps[45]SERMOS FOR SPECIAL DAYSmost of our friends would not care to go with us any-way, for as a rule human ties break when tested bymisfortune. But even if they desired to enter, wewould not want them. And yet while this is true of the great bulk of those whom we style our friends,it is likewise true that there will always be one or twoor three of those we love best that we will take withus into the garden. They are our old and trustedacquaintances, those whose devotion we have proved,and of whose fidelity we are assured. They are, likePeter and the two sons of Zebedee, the men andwomen we have known longest and loved best ; and inthis hour of bitterness, ''When our souls are exceed-ing sorrowful even unto death," we cling to them aswe have never clung to them before.Moreover, our chosen friends are satisfied to watchand to do what they can for us even though they can-not understand nor appreciate the grief which weighsus to the ground. It is a fact as universal as humannature itself, that no matter how kind-hearted or sym-

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