John & the Agony
Although the Gospel of John does not record the Lord’s agony in the garden, it does include several texts that put us in mind of that scene. These Johannine passages reflect, furthermore, the sentiments and resolution expressed by Jesus during the agony as recorded in the other Gospels.
For example, our Lord’s determination to obey the Father’s will, a resolve so essential to his prayer in the garden, is expressed earlier in John in what he says to the disciples at the Samaritan well: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to finish his work” (4:34). In the next chapter of John, Jesus speaks again of this intended obedience: “I do not seek my own will but the will of . . .
Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, and The Trial of Job (all from Conciliar Press). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.
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