What was redeemed there: Our Willpower. It was in the Garden of Eden that Adam lost to his willpower – he gave in to his own will to disobey God and in that, embraced all that is evil and of the flesh. In another Garden (Gethsemane) Jesus gained this power back for us when He said no to following His own desires. When Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane, He knew what He was going to redeem for us there: our willpower. When He was tested, He finally prayed: “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done”.
Gethsamane probably got it’ s name from Aramaic meaning olive press Check this olive press out! That big stone with the hole in it is for a large stick so that men, or even a horse or donkey, could push it round the circle, crushing all the olives, pressing them, squeezing every last drop out. Gethsamane seems to be aptly named because there was a pressing, a crushing that oppressed Jesus at the Garden, Jesus was under the very weight of the sure to come torture and affliction He would endure. Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and stepped away from the others. He told His closest friends that His soul was deeply troubled, even to the point of death (Matthew 26:38). None of us can really know the depth of Jesus’ sadness.. The word used (perilypos) is the strongest possible word for sadness. The event that was about to take place was the very reason Jesus had come, but it was a terrible task! He was about to be arrested, though He is innocent. He would be lied about, although He is the Truth. He would be beaten, though He came to bring peace. He would be hung on a cross and left to die - the punishment of a murderer, though He is Life. But, worse than anything men could do to Him, God would turn away from Him when He took on the sins of the world (Matthew 27:46, Isaiah 59:1-2). This was almost more than Jesus could bear. His heart ached at the thought of being without His Father for even a moment.
Then He went a short distance away from them. There He got down on His knees and prayed. He said, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup of suffering away from Me. But do what You want, not what I want.” An angel from heaven appeared to Jesus and gave Him strength. Because He was very sad and troubled, He prayed even harder. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. - Luke 22:41-44
Can you hear the heart of Jesus as He prayed to His heavenly Father? Jesus agonized over His situation. The reality of what was coming, was trying to press Him, crush Him, he even sweat blood! A rare state of being that can happen under extreme duress. The weight of the sin of the entire world was about to come crashing down on the only sinless Person who has ever walked the Earth. Jesus was fully God, yet He was fully human. In His human body, He did not want to suffer. He did not want to feel the shame of sin flood into His perfect body. Jesus said, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup of suffering away from Me.” Please understand this: God was certainly ABLE to keep Jesus from suffering on the cross. God could have spoken one word, and Jesus would have been taken right out of the garden, and seated beside His adoring Father in heaven. But God was not WILLING for Jesus to avoid the cross. If Jesus had NOT given His life on the cross, our sins would not be forgiven. We would be punished for our sins. We would face eternity in hell, separated from God. Then, with His next breath, Jesus submitted to His Father’s will. To submit means to give up your control to someone else, to say, “I’ll do it your way.” Jesus promised to do whatever His Father wanted Him to do.
It’s clear that Jesus’ sadness was affecting His physical body - great drops of blood coming from His pores, like sweat. Did you know that you could be so sad that it can make your body weak or sick? People have even died from being really, really sad. As Jesus was praying, God sent an angel to strengthen His body Matthew 4:11 Jesus stepped away from the disciples again to continue praying to His Father. Jesus was about to do something VERY difficult. He was going to give up His life. It was the very reason He had come to Earth. It was God’s plan since the beginning but it wouldn’t be easy! So, Jesus ABIDED with His Father. He rested in Him and remained with Him so God’s perfect will would be Jesus’ all-consuming thought.
Adam's sin of disobedience expelled him from the garden of Eden and separated all of mankind from the grace of God. Jesus, the last Adam gained entry for us all to once again live in God's presence by the blood that He shed in the garden of Gethsemane. Now, through Christ we have power to say no to sin and be free of every kind of bondage that would enslave us! Not my will Lord, but Yours!