Garden to the Cross
Jesus slept in the middle of a storm, walked on the water, raised the dead, cast out demons, and healed every kind of sickness and infirmity. In every situation He was the Master. But in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus entered a state of sorrow, grief, fear, and distress so severe that He sweat drops of blood (Luke 22:44). Why? Because this is where substitution began.
Isaiah 53:4 (KJV) Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. [Jesus did more than carry your sin!]
In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus overcame anxiety, worry, depression, and every kind of emotional affliction. Through prayer Jesus broke the power of sorrow and grief for us. Your emotional pain has already been carried and conquered. Since Jesus carried them, you can now release them.
Matthew 26:36-45 (CW) Jesus led the way to the Garden of Gethsemane . . . . He was so depressed and felt so weak that the three disciples had to support Him. He turned to them and said, “Everything in my body is in turmoil. I’m so weak, I feel like I’m dying. Please stay here and pray for me.” Then He went just a few steps farther and fell to the ground. In agony of spirit He prayed, “Oh my Father, please relieve me of this burden! The separation from you is almost unbearable! Nevertheless, Father, not what I want, but what you want. You know what is best.” Jesus struggled to His feet and staggered back to the three disciples and found them sleeping . . . . Then Jesus felt another wave of depression come over Him. He returned to His place of prayer, and falling to the ground, said, “Oh, my Father, this cup of suffering is terrible! If you can’t take it away until I drink it, your will be done!” Again Jesus struggled to His feet . . . for the third time He was driven back to His place of prayer. He fell to the ground again and earnestly prayed the same prayer. This time He felt His sinking spirits being lifted, and the depression left Him. He returned to the three disciples and quietly said, “You can sleep now, it’s all over.
Step 1: Jesus conquered our emotional conditions.
There is freedom from emotional pain found in Jesus. We release emotional pain to Jesus through forgiveness; and we exchange it for the joy of God’s presence.
Psalm 16:10-11 (NKJV) For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Step 2: Jesus conquered our physical conditions.
Isaiah 53:4-5 (NRSV) Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.
. . . we are healed by the punishment he suffered, made whole by the blows he received. – GNT
Matthew 8:16-17 reveals that Isaiah 53 refers to physical sickness and disease.
Matthew 8:16-17 (NKJV) When evening had come . . . [He] healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
Galatians 3:13-14 (ERV) The law put a curse on us. But Christ took away that curse. He changed places with us. Christ put himself under that curse. The Scriptures say, “When a person’s body is put (hung) on a tree, that person is under a curse.” Christ did this so that God’s blessing could be given to all people . . . that we could have the Spirit that God promised. We receive this promise by believing.
Deuteronomy 28:15-65 (CW) If you disobey the Lord and ignore the commandments and laws that He has given . . . then the following curses will come upon you . . . disasters . . . diseases of all kinds . . . sickness, fever, infections . . . bodies will be full of tumors, boils and sores . . . blindness, madness, and lack of a sound mind . . . you will find no peace wherever you live.
Romans 8:11 (PHILLIPS) . . . the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives within you he will, by that same Spirit, bring to your whole being new strength and vitality.
. . . In fact, as you live in union with the Spirit of God, even your physical body will experience something like the resurrection of Jesus Christ. – JOHNSON
. . . [God’s Spirit] will also impregnate your bodies . . . with the radiation of life. – GREBER
We release physical pain to Jesus through faith; and we exchange it for the blessing of God’s Spirit. It is our involvement with the Holy Spirit that causes a blessed life.