What a rending shock it is, on the night in which he is betrayed, when the master and miracle maker who throughout the Gospel of Mark has been a figure of mysterious, enigmatic power, says to his disciples, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death,” and goes off by himself, falls on the ground in agony, and asks God that he might not have to go through this trial. The God-man has been stripped of his divine power and authority, and is now only a man, and as a man must face abandonment, indignity, torture, and death.
And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
David S. writes from England:
Your entry on the St Mark’s Gospel was timely and a reminder of how that night should trouble us but give to us a lifetime of reflection.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 05, 2012 09:34 PM | Send