What a sad garden, indeed. It is the place where Jesus went to spend his final hours with his disciples. It is the place where the disciples could not even stay awake with him in his final hour. It is the place where one of his disciples would betray him. And, it is the place where the rest of the disciples would flee.
How heavy our Lord’s heart must have been as he ascended this hill. The Songs of the Pilgrims Praising God and announcing his triumphal entry less than a week earlier must have felt a lifetime away. That night, darkness reigned. Yet, though darkness made its false claim of triumph from this garden, in not too many days, the angels of the Lord would announce to the women Jesus’ triumph over death in another garden. “He is not here for he has been raised!” These words of hope have split the darkness in the heart of many a man. It is a word which God has planted in the heart of all who he calls his own, that we might not only share the joy of a risen savior but so that we might be encouraged when we enter times where the devil appears to have triumphed.