“His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” — Luke 22:44
The mental pressure arising from our Lord’s struggle withtemptation, so forced his frame to an unnatural excitement, thathis pores sent forth great drops of blood which fell down to theground. This proves how tremendous must have been the weight ofsin when it was able to crush the Saviour so that he distilledgreat drops of blood! This demonstrates the mighty power of hislove. It is a very pretty observation of old Isaac Ambrosethat the gum which exudes from the tree without cutting isalways the best. This precious camphire‐tree yielded most sweetspices when it was wounded under the knotty whips, and when itwas pierced by the nails on the cross; but see, it giveth forthits best spice when there is no whip, no nail, no wound. Thissets forth the voluntariness of Christ’s sufferings, sincewithout a lance the blood flowed freely. No need to put on theleech, or apply the knife; it flows spontaneously. No need forthe rulers to cry, “Spring up, O well”; of itself it flows incrimson torrents. If men suffer great pain of mind apparentlythe blood rushes to the heart. The cheeks are pale; a faintingfit comes on; the blood has gone inward as if to nourish theinner man while passing through its trial. But see our Saviourin His agony; he is so utterly oblivious of self, that insteadof his agony driving his blood to the heart to nourish himself,it drives it outward to bedew the earth. The agony of Christ,inasmuch as it pours him out upon the ground, pictures thefulness of the offering which he made for men.
Do we not perceive how intense must have been the wrestlingthrough which he passed, and will we not hear its voice to us?“Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.”Behold the great Apostle and High Priest of our profession, andsweat even to blood rather than yield to the great tempter ofyour souls.