“GETHSEMANE…the human yielding to the divine; love meeting no response, but still remaining love.” (Science and Health, page 586)
Jesus’s time in the garden of Gethsemane, communing with God before facing his crucifixion, was essential to his demonstration. He seemed to be afraid and uncertain. He felt the weight of his mission and likely the weight of the world upon his shoulders. He must surely have felt very human in those moments, very far from transcendent.
And these moments with His Father were where the final yielding could take place. He yearned for comfort and for peace, for a release. He desired an answer from God and an escape. He discovered in his prayer that he was not going to find his way through some human circumstance changing. He could only find peace by giving up that desire altogether and letting Spirit’s holy purpose be revealed, through faith and understanding.
Jesus won his release from fear and confusion by Love. He knew his own Father-Mother to be pure Love and so, in spite of what appeared to be a silence from God, Jesus continued to love. This love was so deep and certain, so much bigger than his human fears, that it lifted him out of them. Jesus’s continued love for God and for man in spite of the horrors he faced, was his salvation. This unconditional love was divine–it had God’s own quality and power, and so it elevated his own perspective and the human yielded to infinite Life and its proof for humanity.
Let us aspire to love like Jesus did. Let us remember that Love is the greatest thing, the most powerful thing, and that to love God in spite of the human picture, is to yield a limited sense of life for the infinite possibilities.
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