Maundy Thursday: Sa Hardin ng Getsemani
Nanalangin siya, “Ama ko, Ama ko! Magagawa mo ang lahat ng bagay. Alisin mo sa akin ang paghihirap na ito, ngunit hindi ang kalooban ko kundi ang kalooban mo ang masunod.”
Did you know na ang ibig sabihin ng Getsemani, na galing sa wikang Aramaic, ay oil press? In Jesus’ time, ang Hardin ng Getsemani ay kung saan pinipiga ang olives to make oil. Incidentally, ang olive oil ay ginagamit to anoint kings, priests, and everyone else who were chosen to do God’s work.
Jesus could not have chosen a better place to spend this critical time alone with the Father. He was nearing the end of His earthly ministry. Sa loob ng tatlong taon, He was able to teach, feed thousands of people, heal the sick, and raise the dead. Now the time has come for Him to do the ultimate act of service and sacrifice: to give His life for all of humanity.
He knew what was about to happen. Great suffering awaited Him—the betrayal of Judas, the denial of Peter, the insults from people, the torture on His body, and the separation from the Father through death. Imagine the fear and anguish in His heart. He cried out to God, “Take this suffering away from Me.” In the garden, the disciples were sleeping but Jesus was very much awake. “Not My will but Yours be done,” He finally surrendered to the Father.
It was time. Ready na si Jesus na mapiga para maging isang malaking pagpapala. Mula sa Hardin ng Getsemani, lumabas ang Hari ng mga hari.
Dear Jesus, Your obedience to the Father is an encouragement to me. When I am having a hard time turning my back on my own selfish plans, lead me to the Garden of Gethsemane. Bigyan Ninyo ako ng lakas—to follow Your example, to walk the path of suffering, and to obey God until the very end.
Are you in the middle of an internal tug of war, between your will and God’s? Is there something that the Lord is asking you to do but you’re afraid to do it because you feel na masasaktan ka lang? Wrestle with God if you must but keep on asking Him to reveal Himself and His will to you.