GETHSEMANE [THE SORROWING]
THE BLOOD WALK #1
Context [The garden of Gethsemane] Many people think the blood walk of Jesus began in the city of Jerusalem [The Via Dolorosa (Latin: “Way of Grief,” “Way of Sorrow,” “Way of Suffering” or simply “Painful Way”; which is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. The winding route from the Antonia Fortress west to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—a distance of about 600 metres (2,000 feet)—is a celebrated place of Christian pilgrimage. The current route has been established since the 18th century, replacing various earlier versions. It is today marked by nine Stations of the Cross; there have been fourteen stations since the late 15th century, with the remaining five stations being inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. [Wikipedia]
HEMATIDROSIS. I propose the way of suffering or what I call ‘the blood way’ started in Gethsemane! He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood. Luke 22:44 The medical term for this is: Hematidrosis! It is a rare condition in which a human being sweats blood. Leonardo Da Vinci described a soldier who sweated blood before battle. Jesus Christ experienced hematidrosis while praying in the garden of Gethsemane before his crucifixion as mentioned in the Defenders Bible by Physician Luke as “and being in anguish he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
We cannot imagine what Jesus went through in those dark hours where He prayed ‘Father if this cup of suffering can be removed then please do it, but nevertheless not my will but yours be done’. This is what Alexander Metherell, M.D., PH.D. has to say about Jesus in Gethsemane: ‘Jesus prayed all night and now during that process He was anticipating the coming events of the next day. Since He already knew the amount of suffering He was going to have to endure, He was quite naturally experiencing a great deal of psychological distress. So much so that blood mingled with His sweat. It is not a common condition, but it is associated with a high degree of psychological stress. He goes on: What happens is that severe anxiety causes the release of chemicals that break down the capillaries in the sweat glands. As a result, there’s a small amount of bleeding into these glands, and sweat comes out tinged with blood. We’re not talking about a lot of blood; it’s a small amount but nevertheless noticeable. This would affect the epidermis and make it very fragile so that when Jesus was scourged by the Roman guards His skin would be very very sensitive. [Excerpt from A CASE FOR EASTER. Lee Strobell]
Application: It is noticeable that Jesus’s blood flowed in a time of anxiety, torment of soul, whilst in psychological distress. We know that the blood of Jesus heals and cleanses us and has power over all the work of the devil! So Jesus had to shed His blood whilst in anguish of mind and soul so that through His blood we too could experience freedom and liberty from distress and anxiety of soul if we so choose.
The Servant King (From Heaven you came)
From heaven you came helpless babe
Entered our world, your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
And give Your life that we might live
This is our God, The Servant King
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to The Servant King
There in the garden of tears
My heavy load he chose to bear
His heart with sorrow was torn
‘Yet not My will but Yours,’ He said [ Graham Kendrick].
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you that Jesus endured anguish and psychological distress so that I may be free from it if I so choose to believe and apply the blood prayerfully to my life. So I choose to believe and thank you that we defeat the devil through the blood of Jesus Christ and the testimony of our declaring it. Amen.