Sorrows of Gethsemane


“Few had fellowship with the sorrows of Gethsemane.

The majority of the disciples were not sufficiently advanced in grace to be admitted to behold “the agony”.  Many lived by the letter but were mere babes as to the spirit of the gospel.  To eleven only was the privilege given to enter Gethsemane and see.  Out of the eleven, eight were left at a distance.  They had fellowship but not of intimate sort to which men greatly beloved are admitted.

Only three highly favored ones could approach the veil of our Lord’s mysterious sorrow.  A stone’s-cast distance must be left between.  He must tread the wine press alone.  There must be none with Him.

To enter the inner circle and hear the pleadings of the suffering High Priest, they have fellowship with Him in His sufferings, and are made conformable unto His death.

There was an inner chamber in our Master’s grief, shut out from human knowledge and fellowship.  There Jesus was “left alone”.  Here Jesus was more than ever an “Unspeakable gift!”

Which group would you have been part of?


From:  Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon