Poem:

"The road is too rough," I said,
"Dear Lord, there are stones that hurt me so."
And He said, "Dear child, I understand,
I walked it long ago."
"But there's a cool green path," I said;
"Let me walk there for a time."
"No child," He gently answered me,
"The green path does not climb."
"My burden," I said, "Is far too great,
How can I bear it so?"
"My child," He said, "I remember the weight;
I carried My cross, you know."
But I said, "I wish there were friends with me
Who would make my way their own."
"Oh, yes," He said, "Gethsemane
Was hard to bear alone."
And so I climb the stony path,
Content at last to know
That where my Master had not gone,
I would not need to go.
And strangely then I found new friends,
The burden grew less sore;
And I remember--long ago
He went that way before.

One commentator said that the word "sorrowful" in verse 37 means,

"To be pressed down, or overwhelmed with great anguish. This was produced, doubtless, by a foresight of his great sufferings on the cross in making an atonement for the sins of men."

In verse 38 it says that Jesus was "Exceeding Sorrowful" which is a different word than the one in verse 37 and it means,

"grieved all around, intensely sad: exceeding (very) sorry"

Jesus experienced this type of exceeding sorrow in the Garden for three reasons:

A). The emotional suffering He was about to endure. Jesus was subjected to every negative emotional attack known to man. As He knelt down to pray in the Garden that day, you and I can imagine Him placing the palms of His hands over His face as He sweat as it were, great sweat drops of blood.

Emotional suffering from:

-the unbelief of the people who called Him a liar and blasphemer.

-the rejection of His own people. "He came unto His own and His own received Him not."

-the hatred of the religious leaders of His day. "We will not have this man to rule over us."

-the betrayal of one of the twelve, Judas, who walked with Christ for three years.

-the coming desertion of all the apostles.

-the coming denial of Peter.

-the coming injustice of a kangaroo court trial.

-the shame of crucifixion.

If you or I experienced any one of the above we would be devastated, yet Jesus went thru it all at once!

B). The Physical Suffering that He knew He would endure. A rugged cross was waiting for Him. People say to be crucified is to die a thousand deaths! This emotional suffering led to His physical suffering when in verse 38 the Bible says,

He was "sorrowful, even unto death:"

His physical body recoils at the thought…not that He was afraid to die, for He faced death w/ courage and w/ perfect peace…but no one in their right mind looks forward to torture and death.

Can you see the palms of sorrow, as Jesus looks down at His hands, knowing in advance the spikes which would soon be driven thru them? And picture Him placing His head into His palms in Gethsemane as He prays and weeps before God.

C). His Spiritual Suffering was the worst of all:

Verse 39 says this,

"And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."

Jesus was talking about the cup of suffering and of separation from His Father as the Father had to turn His back on His Son as Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world! In that cup of suffering that Jesus took upon Himself was the cup full of the sin of all humanity accumulated from the beginning of time placed on Christ. Imagine the spiritual suffering that Jesus had to endure as the Bible says that even his own father turned His back on His son. Jesus would eventually cry out and say,

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

Isaiah said it best in Isaiah 53:3-6,

"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."

There’s Christ’s palms of sorrow, but there is also His…..

#2). Palms of surrender
Look again at verse 42. The Bible says,

"He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done."

Once again I can see the Lord Jesus looking up to the heavenly Father and raising His palms of surrender to the Lord! The Bible says Jesus was sorrowful but He said, "Thy will be done." He surrendered His will to His Father’s will!!!!!

-In the Garden of Eden, the first Adam said "not Thy will but mine be done",

But in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus said "not my will but thine be done.

We all must daily make choices…and our answer will either be "My will" or "Thy will".
Satan tries to give us alternatives to being faithful to the Lord, and we must choose either my will or thy will…

-tithing: My will is to be selfish, Thy will is to put God to the test and give to be blessed.

-serving: My will is to do what I want or what pleases me; Thy will is to serve God and others to please the Lord.

-Soul winning: My will is to selfishly keep the Gospel to myself; Thy will is to share the Gospel with everyone I come in contact with for God’s glory.

-Submission: My will is for others to submit to me; Thy will to esteem other better than myself.

The first Adam said, "my will be done"—and brought about death
But the last Adam Jesus said, "Thy will be done"—and the result was eternal life for all who believe.

Thank the Lord that Jesus had palms of surrender and that He obeyed the will of His Father!!!!

Oh how we need to follow our Lord’s example and yield our will to His. We sing I Surrender All…but some of us should just be honest and sing,

"Some to Jesus I surrender, some to Him I freely give…I will sometimes love and trust Him, in His presence sometimes live!"…He deserves better than that!

With complete and total palms of surrender He willingly gave all! And so should we.

We’ve seen His palms of sorrow:
His palms of…
-Emotional suffering (face)
-Physical suffering (nails in hands)
-Spiritual suffering (looking into that cup, he held in His palms)
We’ve seen His palms of surrender: "Not my will but Thy will be done!" Lastly, we see…..

#3). His Palms of Submission:
Matthew 26:50 says, "Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him."

In verse 53, Jesus reminds them that He could have called legions of angels to come and protect Him, but He submits and does not resist. He surrendered to God’s will in the garden and now He surrenders to man.

Isaiah 53:7 says, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."

Story:

It was May 21, 1946. The place - Los Alamos. A young and daring scientist was carrying out a necessary experiment in preparation for the atomic test to be conducted in the waters of the South Pacific atoll at Bikini. He had successfully performed such an experiment many times before. In his effort to determine the amount of U-235 necessary for a chain reaction-scientists call it the critical mass-he would push two hemispheres of uranium together. Then, just as the mass became critical, he would push them apart with his screwdriver, thus instantly stopping the chain reaction. But that day, just as the material became critical, the screwdriver slipped! The hemispheres of uranium came too close together. Instantly the room was filled with a dazzling bluish haze. Young Louis Slotin, instead of ducking and thereby possibly saving himself, tore the two hemispheres apart with his bare hands and thus interrupted the chain reaction. By this instant, self-forgetful daring act, he saved the lives of the seven other people in the room. . . As he waited for the car that was to take him to the hospital, he said quietly to his companions,

"You'll come through all right. But I haven’t the faintest chance myself" It was only too true. Nine days later he died in severe pain and agony.

Nineteen centuries ago the Son of God walked directly into sin’s most concentrated radiation, and He allowed Himself to be touched by its curse, and let it take His life . . . But by that selfless submissive act, He broke the chain reaction. He broke the power of sin. What a picture of submission.

Paul said in Philippians 2:5-8,

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

Song: (Charles Wesley wrote…)

"And can it be that I should gain and interest in the Savior's blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, should'st die for me?"

Palms of sorrow, palms of surrender, and palms of submission. What about you today? Have you, like Christ, surrendered and submitted to God's will for your life? After all Christ has done for us, it's the least we can do to serve Him!!!!

Let's Pray.