Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34
Jesus went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not come into the time of trial." Luke 22:39-40
We cannot imagine Jesus' anguish as he knows what is expected of him, what he will face in a few hours on Good Friday. He knows his death and resurrection will bring grace and salvation all who believe. He also knows too that no people deserve this gift. Jesus would never defy his Father, but Jesus is truly man and feels all of the terror that any person would feel knowing what is ahead for him.
Even as Jesus prays and begs that this cup be removed, he also acknowledges that he will do his Father's will. As Jesus prepares to follow his Father's will and to be the sacrificial lamb for all of us, his perspiration becomes like great drops of blood falling to the ground. He is reacting like the man that he is while knowing that as God's only begotten son, he will fulfill what lies ahead. As I said before, we cannot imagine his anguish.  
We would be lost without his redemptive deeds that bring grace and righteousness to all who believe. As we prepare for the unspeakable sadness of Good Friday, we look forward with joy to the covenant of blessing that Jesus' resurrection brings to each one of us.
Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Thank you for redeeming us through your death and resurrection. We cannot understand the love that God had for each one of us, but we live in grateful faith that he loved more than we can understand. Keep us safe from temptation, and help us to continue to live in thankfulness for your steadfast love. Amen.
Florence Smallfield