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The Lesson of Gethsemane

“If I understand Gethsemane at all, it means that Jesus loves me even more than I can imagine. It is not just that he died for me, but that he died this horrible, damnable, God-forsaken death that no one would ever want to die. He died this death because there was no other way for sinners to be saved, no easier road to redemption, no alternative to the cross… We will never have to suffer what our Savior suffered in Gethsemane, or at Calvary, for the very reason that everything he suffered there was in our place, on our behalf… The lesson of Gethsemane is not that Jesus suffers with us, but that he suffered for us.”

Philip Ryken, Luke, Volume 2 (Reformed Expository Commentary), 505–6.