It was brought to my attention by a devotional that I read daily by Charles Spurgeon called: “Morning & Evening”. I have been meditating on it ever since, and as I was praying about what to share with you this week, I believe this is it. It is timely with Passover/Easter this coming weekend. Here is what it says:
“And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.” (Luke 22:44 NASB)
As many times as I have read this, I must confess, that I have glossed over this precious and powerful moment in time and all that was happening. Christ reveals so much about Himself to us and the depth of His love for us.
If we translate this from the Greek definitions to the English, we can gain a clearer view of what was actually going on and helps us understand the extent of what He went through for us:
And He (Jesus) was passing into a state of severe mental struggles and emotions. He was praying to God more intently (determined or resolved; having the mind or will fixed on some goal) and more earnestly (seriously important; demanding or receiving serious attention), and His *perspiration became as clots of blood [the atoning blood of Christ] descending upon the ground.
*Hematidrosis is the name of the actual physical condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress.
As I pondered all of this, I began to realize just how much I don’t understand Christ’s sacrificial love for me! To be honest with you, I am not sure that I can! But I want to share with you Charles Spurgeon’s insights about this passage of Scripture. Here are his words:
The mental pressure arising from our Lord’s struggle with temptation, so forced His frame to an unnatural excitement, that His pores sent forth great drops of blood which fell to the ground.
>How tremendous must have been the weight of sin when it was able to crush the Savior so that He distilled great drops of blood.
>The mighty power of His love.
This sets forth:
>The voluntariness of Christ’s sufferings, since without a cut, blow or laceration yet to His body, the blood flowed freely. No need to put on the leech, or apply the knife; it flows spontaneously.
If men suffer great pain of mind apparently the blood rushes to the heart. The cheeks are pale, a fainting fit comes on; the blood has gone inward as if to nourish the inner man while passing through its trial. But see our Savior in His agony; He is so utterly oblivious of self, that instead of His agony driving His blood to the heart to nouris