Gethsemane: A Glorious Garden and the “go to” Place in Times of Trial

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) is known to the world as the “Prince of Preachers.” Over the course of his illustrious career he preached more than 3,000 sermons.  Spurgeon was converted to Christ at the age of 15 and preached his first sermon at the age of 16.  The next year he became a pastor.  By the time he was in his early twenties he was preaching to more than 10,000 people each week in London.

In a sermon he preached during Holy Week called “Christ in Gethsemane” Spurgeon spoke of what he believed to be the reasons for Christ choosing the Garden of Gethsemane to begin His greatest earthly trial.  The following snippet is a direct quote from this message:

“…the choice of Gethsemane showed His serenity of mind, and His courage.  He knew that He was to be betrayed, to be dragged before Annas and Caiaphas, Pilate and Herod, to be insulted, scourged, and at last to be led away to be crucified; but (mark the words) “he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the Mount of Olives.”  It was his usual custom to go there to pray, so He would not make any change in His habit although He was approaching the supreme crisis of His earthly life,

Let this courageous conduct of our Lord teach a lesson to all who profess to be His disciples.  Whenever some trouble is about to come upon you, especially if it is a trouble that comes upon you because you are a Christian, do not get perturbed in spirit.  Neglect no duty, but just do as you have been wont to do.  The best way of preparing for whatever may be coming is to go on with the next thing in the order of providence.

If any child of God knew he he had to die tonight, I would recommend him to do just what he should on any other Sabbath night, only to do it more earnestly and more devoutly than ever he had done it before…

And, brothers and sisters in Christ, when your time of trial comes, you will do well to go to the spot where the Lord has helped you in the past, and where you have enjoyed much hallowed fellowship with Him.  There are rooms where, if the walls could tell all that has happened within them, a heavenly brightness might be seen because God has so graciously revealed Himself to us there in times of sickness and sorrow.

One, who had long lain in prison for Christ’s sake, used sometimes to say, after he had been released, “Oh, take me back to my dungeon, for I had never had such blessed seasons of communion with my Lord as I had within that cold stone cell!”  Well, if you have such a place, dear to you by many hallowed memories, go to it as your Master went to His sacred oratory in the Garden of Gethsemane, for there you will be likely to be helped even by the associations of the place.”

Do you have such a place?

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