Jesus Christ



32. If Jesus was God, how is it that His soul was exceedingly sorrowful even to death (Matthew 26:38)?




Jesus’ soul was exceedingly sorrowful, even to death, because Jesus Christ was not only God but also a man. Jesus was made of flesh and bones, He had blood in His veins, He ate, He drank like all other men, He slept, He got tired and so on. But I will tell you another thing, that is, Jesus had to suffer that overwhelming sorrow because God determined beforehand to make the captain of our salvation perfect through sufferings (Hebrews 2:10), so now “for in that He Himself has suffered being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18 – NKJV). In other words, it was necessary for Jesus to suffer that overwhelming sorrow in order to become a merciful and faithful High Priest, who is able to sympathize with every affliction we endure or might endure, even with our greatest and deepest affliction (Hebrews 4:15). And in fact we have a High Priest who understands us, He knows what it means to suffer, He knows what it means to be sorrowful because He Himself was sorrowful.

Therefore in the Garden of Gethsemane the Son was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death, for our sake.

To Him be the glory now and forevermore. Amen