Mark 14:33–35 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
These words are very expressive, describing the agony Jesus faced. This phrase means “utter and extreme fright, horror, terror, bewilderment, or amazement.”
We can’t begin to imagine what Jesus felt in His humanity as He began to look toward Calvary and the suffering He would endure.
The physical torment is beyond comprehension, not to mention the agony of the holy, sinless Savior bearing the sins of the world. All that He was about to face was contrary to His very nature and deity.
Also we find that Jesus became very heavy. This is a phrase that is also very expressive. It means “to be extremely troubled and distressed.” A closer look at the original root word reveals another touching aspect. It has the idea of “being away from home and out of one’s usual surroundings.” Essentially it was like being terribly home sick.
Jesus had never known a time when He was separated from God the Father. There had never been a time when that precious, holy fellowship had been broken. There had never been a time when the sinless Son had felt the effect of sin.
Jesus was certainly facing a situation that He had never felt before. He began to feel the weight of sin and the separation it brings. There can be no doubt His deity was repulsed by what He felt. Jesus endured that heavy affliction for sinners such as you and me!
Have you ever felt the weight of YOUR sin like that? The anxiety and separation from God the Father, as a result of your sin? What Jesus did for you and I, is beyond imaginable, and yet we are so blessed to have the grace of God extended to us, because of it.
(Mountain View Baptist Church is an independent baptist church located in the Hesperia, Victorville, Adelanto, Phelan, Apple Valley, California area.)