Yesterday I went to Cardiff Museum with my wife, and we went to see an old friend: The agony in the garden by Guercino.
I remember going to see that painting on a regular basis when I lived in Cardiff. Although it is the product of the counter-reformation, I think it has an incredible insight into that dark night.
What stands out for me are three things:
–The cup… full of nails.
I could look at this painting for hours on end. I find it completely captivating.
Today I have been working on one of the parts of the Bible that is most precious to me: The agony in the garden in Luke 22. In studying it I have found myself feeling physically sick as I realize anew how aware Jesus was of the suffering He was going to face… for me.
In many ways I am petrified of preaching this passage. Listen to some comments:
Stott calls this a ‘sacred scene’.
Kent Hughes comments:
‘Here we are taken into Jesus’ heart as never before… It demands of us a profound reverence, almost a reticence, lest we get it wrong.’
CJ Mahaney says… actually, you can listen to it here: