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"He was heard in that he feared." --Hebrews 5:7
Did this fear arise from the infernal
suggestion that He was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this,
but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? "See," said
Satan, "thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of
His compassion against thee. Not an angel in His courts will stretch out his
hand to help thee. All heaven is alienated from Thee; Thou art left alone. See
the companions with whom Thou hast taken sweet counsel, what are they worth?
Son of Mary, see there Thy brother James, see there Thy loved disciple John,
and Thy bold apostle Peter, how the cowards sleep when Thou art in Thy
sufferings! Lo! Thou hast no friend left in heaven or earth. All hell is
against Thee. I have stirred up mine infernal den. I have sent my missives
throughout all regions summoning every prince of darkness to set upon Thee this
night, and we will spare no arrows, we will use all our infernal might to
overwhelm Thee: and what wilt Thou do, Thou solitary one?" It may be, this
was the temptation; we think it was, because the appearance of an angel unto
Him strengthening Him removed that fear. He was heard in that He feared; He was
no more alone, but heaven was with Him. It may be that this is the reason of
His coming three times to His disciples--as Hart puts it--
"Backwards and forwards thrice He ran,
As if He sought some help from man."
He would see for Himself whether it were really true that all men had
forsaken Him; He found them all asleep; but perhaps He gained some faint
comfort from the thought that they were sleeping, not from treachery, but from
sorrow, the spirit indeed was willing, but the flesh was weak. At any rate, He
was heard in that He feared. Jesus was heard in His deepest woe; my soul, thou
shalt be heard also.