This week has been great! I decided that I would send out an email like I used to send out at the beginning of my mission.
This email is titled Jesus Praying in Gethsemane.
Even as a missionary I am just astonished at the love Jesus Christ and our Father have for us. The Hymn, “I Stand All Amazed,” is one of the most sung Sacrament Hymns. I often find myself thinking thoughts similar to the lyrics of this loved song when I ponder the Atonement.
In the Bible we have four accounts of our Savoir suffering in Gethsemane found in Matthew, Mark, Luck & John. I’d first like to talk about the account given in Matthew 26:39-45, which says.
36 ¶Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here,while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed,saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them,Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Verse 38 is really striking to my heart, our Savoir says, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.” Here I think that the Savoir is realizing the magnitude of his role in the plan of Salvation. With that realization I feel the savoir begins to feel distressed and troubled, to the point that he wants to die. He was depressed. Did that stop our Savoir? No, he being perfect continued. He Alone went and offered a prayer to his Father saying, “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”(Mark 14:36)
Here we see that Christ did not want to suffer. We also see the true nature of Christ, he was willing to follow whatever plan our Father had in store for him and Mankind. In D&C 130:20-21 it says, ” 20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”
Christ knew this principle. We learn the magnitude of Christ’s Atonement in later sections of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. My favorite Description is in Alma 7:11-13.
Something I find interesting about the Saviors experience is that he had an angels help when his apostles didn’t. We will all have that help if we live worthy of it. Heavenly Father loves us and he will send us angels. I am so thankful for the Savior. Without him we would have no way to make it back to the Celestial Kingdom, he is Central in the Plan.
I love you all, thank you! Please write me some letters. haha
Elder McLean Allen
38121 25th St E #U-102
Palmdale, CA 93550