Deitrick Bonnhoffer said, “When Christ calls a man he bids him come and die.”
The Christian life is a crucified life. “Take up your cross and follow me…” was the command of Jesus. “I am crucified with Christ” was the confession of Paul.
But just as we must all take up our cross daily and be crucified with Christ, before we get to Calvary, we always pass through Gethsemane; the place where our will meets the will of God.
Gethsemane is not as dramatic or striking as Calvary, and perhaps for this reason, its importance is often overlooked. But it is here, in this garden, that the battle is fought – and either won or lost.
The Roman soldiers did not take Jesus life when then crucified Him. He had already laid it down Himself. You cannot kill a man who is already dead!
This is why Jesus said, “…I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord…” (John 10:17, 18). But notice, Jesus did not say this, while he was being crucified, but before. Before the nails, the whip, the thorns or the cross JESUS HAD ALREADY LAID DOWN HIS LIFE!
Jesus was victorious at Calvary because He was victorious in Gethsemane. The disciples faltered and fled at the crucifixion because they slept in Gethsemane. Gethsemane is the place where you make the decision every day to get on the cross or to run from it.