This scene and song in Jesus Christ Superstar (2000 version) has always left me in tears. The Holy Week 2009 has just started and we have to be reminded (for all Christians out there) of the sacrifice God has done for our salvation. As it has always been, here is my reflection of that moment of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane:
Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane is alone. He is grieving. He is in great distress. He is broken. He is in his most human condition supplicating to his father to end his eventual suffering at that very moment. He could easily ignore his calling and be the usual superstar of his day. None of that has happened as he submitted in obedience to the will of the one who sent him.
Gethsemane was then a place of rest, away from the bustle of Jerusalem. But it became a place of crushing pain and stress, of uncertainty, of great resolve for the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus.
In today’s modern world, everything is more complicated and we are plagued with stress and anxiety that often leave both biological and psychological scars, and hinder our everyday relationships. We may be blessed to have friends and family to accompany us in our daily struggles but they can do only so much. They have their own baggages to carry and get over with. That leaves us to ourselves, alone. In those moments, we often hear ourselves utter these words: when would this be over? Is there any way out of this situation?
I only want to say
If there is a way
Take this cup away from me
For I don’t want to taste its poison…
It is just as comforting to know and feel that amidst our aloneness, we have this God who’s always there to accompany us in those trying times, staying with us and is keeping watch. We just have to be humble. We just have to surrender everything to him, not in defeat but as an act of faith and hope to show us the way to the light.
Could you ask as much
From any other man?
God thy will is hard
But you hold every card.