Posted by: peebles | March 30, 2010

Luke 22:44 (NIV) ~ And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

Luke 22:44 (NIV) ~ And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 

Here was see such a moving picture of Jesus, who is praying to the Father about the cup of suffering he is about to drink. Within the garden of Gethsemane, falling before His Father on His knees in prayer, before a blow was struck, before a whip was lashed against His precious body, before a crown of thorns was thrust upon his brow, before a nail was hammered into His hands and feet, Jesus is on His knees in prayer, in great anguish of heart, because of the weight of sin and suffering which was about to follow. Jesus pours out His life as drink offering on the Altar of prayer for the sins of the world. Did He shrink back from the responsibility of going to the cross of Calvary? No!  Jesus resisted the temptation of not going to the cross, and travailed in prayer, to the point of sweating, as it were, great drops of blood. He fought against his own flesh because going to the cross was the Father’s will, and the only way to redeem fallen man.  

The Bible says in John12: 27 to 30 (NIV), “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say, ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name! Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.’ The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. Jesus said, ‘This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” 

It is a proven medical fact that when a person is under great stress the blood will rush inward to support the heart, but here is such a strong picture of Jesus, not on His knees in act of weakness, but one of great strength of character. Jesus is utterly oblivious to self as His blood is poured outward for His people, rather supporting Himself at this great time of affliction.  The clinical term to sweat great drops of blood is called, hematohidrosis. Around sweat glands, there are multiple vessels, in a net-like form. Under the pressure of great stress the vessels constrict, and then as the anxiety passes, the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture. The blood then goes into the sweat glands. As the sweat glands are producing a lot of sweat, it pushes the blood to the surface coming out as droplets of blood mixed with sweat. The Bible says in Isaiah 53:12 (NIV), “Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” 

Notice if you will, the wording from this verse of Scripture, “poured out his life.” Out of the body of the dear Saviour, sweat like drops of blood poured out onto the ground, even through His soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death; Jesus kept going because of His great love to do the will of His Father and save sinners. 

Isaac Ambrose once said, “The gum which exudes from the tree without cutting is always the best.” This righteous branch from David’s line pours out so sweetly His best to God and man in His time prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. Then, He cries out in triumph, “Thy will be done!” Before He rises to His feet, He receives strength from above to face and conquer sin, death, hell and the grave for all eternity.   

My friend, now the picture unfolds before us of a strong Saviour who is interceding in prayer to face the cross of Calvary, not in his Deity but clothed in the flesh of humanity, to save sinful man and do the Father’s will no matter what the cost may be. Hallelujah! What a Saviour, who went on His knees in prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, where His sweat was like great drops of blood, each droplet falling onto the ground, as He fully yields to the Father’s will to save sinful man in an act of selfless giving, for the love of mankind. 

God bless you my friend. Matthew.

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