Around the world, the 11th November is celebrated as Remembrance Day. It’s a custom that began after the end of WW1 and has become a time to remember all who have given their lives so others might live. ‘Lest we forget’ is a phrase that reflects the sentiments of this time, and has become universally linked to Remembrance Services. The phrase was memorably used in 1867 by Rudyard Kipling, in the Christian poem, ‘Recessional’. However, centuries earlier Moses cautioned Israel, “Only take heed, and guard your life diligently, lest you forget…” [Deuteronomy 4:9, Amplified Bible, italics added]. It’s important to remember!
Yahshua gave His life that others might live, and the night before He died, He instituted the Last Supper, asking us all to eat the bread, drink the wine, and remember Him [Luke 22:19-20]. When we become familiar with something it’s easy to forget its origin, or take it for granted, or be careless of the cost. The Holy Spirit regularly whispers into my heart, ‘Lest you forget Gethsemane’, and I take a few minutes to stop and remember.
The scriptures have captured some painful moments from Yahshua’s time in Gethsemane. “My soul,” cried the Man of sorrows, “is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” [Matthew 26:38]. He knew sorrow, so how much more intense was this, that it was almost killing Him? Then He began to be “deeply distressed and troubled” [Mark 14:33]. These words describe a confused, restless, half-distracted state. How precious are such insights, giving us a rare glimpse into Yahshua’s emotions. As He wrestled with His knowledge of what was to come, the Scriptures tell us He was in agony [Luke 22:44]. It’s impossible to grasp the extent of the anguish, pressure and stress He endured as the conflict to make Him change His mind was fought out in the spiritual realm. We do know that it was so intense He began to sweat blood! This rare condition, called hematidrosis, is brought on by extreme emotional or physical stress.
Let’s take some time to connect with Gethsemane this week, and to allow our deep, heartfelt gratitude to reach out to our beloved Yahshua!