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You do not know the trillion tons of the weight of sins, and the terror of the same that sat upon the Lord’s body, soul and spirit. You cannot even put it to words, let alone imagining it. It is beyond us as mortals, and far above our imagination. He saw the vision of His death and was stricken by the sight of it. He was amazed beyond words as He thoroughly saw the scope and magnitude of the effects of sin on Himself. All the sins of humanity from Adam to the end of the age were upon the Son of Man, as the sin Bearer of the whole human race.
He said to the apostles, “Sit here, while I shall pray”. He was literally overwhelmed by the weight, heaviness and concomitants of sins. He was going to talk to His Father if there was another way divinely and humanly possible that humanity could be saved without the enormous agony and bitterness of sin on Him. Then, He separated Peter, James and John from the twelve, and they went along with Him for emotional support and comradery in the last leg of His visit to our planet.
He began to be sore afraid and amazed, and to be in heaviness unknown to humanity. These three, who had seen His transfiguration, were allowed to see this unimaginable sight caused by sin on the Son of God. The earlier transfiguration prepared them for it, or else they would not have been able to endure this agony and the heaviness of the Son of God on the account of the sins of mankind.
He told these Inner Disciples, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful unto death: you wait here, and watch with me”. Salvation of humanity could not be entrusted into the hands of mankind, and there would not be a mixture of the spirit and flesh. What could these men do? They were to give Him moral support, but it paled at the enormity of the terror, scope and the heaviness of sin. They tried to support Him morally, but their flesh and humanity prevailed, and could not even give Him the moral support that He needed. They were overpowered by sleep in an hour that He so desperately needed them.
He went forward, and found Himself down, praying, weeping and sighing at the presence of Satan and the demons of hell that outnumbered the population of our world many times over, while talking to His Father. You said, “Satan and demons in the presence of God. Yes, he was there when the sons of God came together in heaven in the book of Job. (Job.1:6-9) They were watching. Amidst sighing, sorrow, tears and the anguish of His soul, He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto you, take away this cup from me: nevertheless, not what I will, but what you want”. (v.36)
He came to the inner disciples, and found them sleeping, and He asked Peter, “Simon, do you sleep at this time? Could you not watch with Me for an hour? Why do you all succumb to the power of the flesh above your spirit? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is willing and ready, but the flesh is weak”. If you and I were in their shoes, would we have done better? No, we would even had done worse than they have. It is the grace and mercy of God that sustain us, and keep us from falling into temptation. PTL!
He went away and prayed for the second time, repeating the same words as of the first time. He returned, and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy with sleep, and they did not know what they were saying unto Him. He went to His Father one more time, and at His return, He said to them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come, behold, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us go, lo, he that betrays Me is at hand”.
Put yourself in the place of the Inner Disciples, having gone back in time to the first century, what would have been your response? Would you have done better than Peter, James and John? I doubt it!
Do humans know the agony, effects and heaviness of sin upon human souls? Have you ever felt the billion tons of the weight of sins upon your heart? Do you know the unbelievable power of sin upon a sinless, holy, righteous and impeccable Son of God? Have you tasted the wrath of God upon your soul for the consequences of sin? All the answer to these questions will be no, no and no. We cannot even imagined the agony, weight and the force of sin upon the Lord’s spirit, soul and body.
If Satan and all his demons could do this to Him when it was quarter to the midnight hour, imagine what they would do to Him in the mid night hour, when all the over 200 billion demons converge around and upon Him in hell. Imagine this! It is better imagine than expressed. He did it all for you and me, and His Father is at the center of it all. For God so loved the world, that He gave His One and only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have ever lasting Life. (Jn.3:16)
When the word says that Christ was amazed and surprised, it was not the amazement you get from something good that you did not expect would happen to you. It was the amazement on account of the way sin was going to negatively impact His life, way beyond a mortal man could imagine. (v.33) It was horrifying and debilitating to say the least.
I went to the Internet to see the commentaries of the great theologians, and this is what they say concerning the unspeakable, unthinkable and unparalleled horror and shame regarding the death of Christ.
Christ’s sufferings began with the sorest of all, those in his soul. He began to be sorely amazed; words not used in St. Matthew, but very full of meaning. The terrors of God set themselves in array against him, and he allowed him to contemplate them. Never was sorrow like unto his at this time. Now he was made a curse for us; the curses of the law were laid upon him as our Surety. He now tasted death, in all the bitterness of it.
This was that fear of which the apostle speaks, the natural fear of pain and death, at which human nature startles. Can we ever entertain favorable, or even slight thoughts of sin, when we see the painful sufferings that sin, though but reckoned to him, brought on the Lord Jesus? Shall that sit light upon our souls, which sat so heavy upon his? Was Christ in such agony for our sins, and shall we never be in agony about them? How should we look upon Him whom we have pierced, and mourn!
It becomes us to be exceedingly sorrowful for sin, because He was so, and never to mock at it. Christ, as Man, pleaded, that, if it were possible, his sufferings might pass from him. As Mediator, he submitted to the will of God, saying, Nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt; I bid it welcome. See how the sinful weakness of Christ’s disciples returns, and overpowers them. What heavy clogs these bodies of ours are to our souls! But when we see trouble at the door, we should get ready for it. Alas, even believers often look at the Redeemer’s sufferings in a drowsy manner, and instead of being ready to die with Christ, they are not even prepared to watch with him one hour.
V.33. It appears that our Lord separated himself from all the disciples except Peter and James and John, and then the bitter agony began. He began to be greatly amazed, and sore troubled. These two Greek verbs are as adequately expressed above as seem possible. The first implies “utter, extreme amazement;” if the second has for its root, “not at home,” it implies the anguish of the soul struggling to free itself from the body under the pressure of intense mental distress. The three chosen disciples were allowed to be witnesses of this awful anguish. They had been fortified to endure the sight by the glories of the transfiguration. It would have been too much for the faith of the rest. But these three witnessed it, that they might learn themselves, and be able to teach others, that the way to glory is by suffering.
And he takes with him Peter, and James, and John, who were witnesses of his transfiguration on the mount, and now of his sorrows in the garden: and began to be sore amazed; to be in great consternation and astonishment, at the sight of all the sins of his people coming upon him; at the black storm of wrath, that was gathering thick over him; at the sword of justice which was brandished against him; and at the curses of the righteous law, which, like so many thunderbolts of vengeance, were directed at him: no wonder it should be added, and to be very heavy: both with sin and sorrow of the 7.5 billion souls on Him.