His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
The humanity of Christ is powerfully seen as Jesus wrestles with Himself in His prayer in Gethsemane. At Gethsemane, Christ first saw the true price of Calvary. It was more than physical torture He was facing, He was facing the very awful prospect of the outpouring of the wrath of God upon sin. Modern man shrinks back from mentioning the wrath of God, but only in the light of God’s judgement on sin can we understand the wisdom and power of Calvary and only there can we see the power of God’s love for fallen man. Jesus was making the ultimate decision as He wrestled in prayer, He was accepting the responsibility of man’s sin. He was willingly taken upon Himself the wrath of His Father. What a contradiction! The Father and Son love each other with an everlasting love! How could He bare this incredible conflict, how could He bear the separation of the One He loves? Spurgeon also speaks of this conflict that actually came to the point of shedding blood.
“The mental pressure arising from our Lord’s struggle with temptation, so forced his frame to an unnatural excitement, that his pores sent forth great drops of blood which fell down to the ground. This proves how tremendous must have been the weight of sin when it was able to crush the Savior so that he distilled great drops of blood! This demonstrates the mighty power of his love. No need for the rulers to cry, Spring up, O well; of itself it flows in crimson torrents. But see our Savior in his agony; he is so utterly oblivious of self, that instead of 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 the fulness of the offering which he made for men. Do we not perceive how intense must have been the wrestling through 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, and sweat even to blood rather than yield to the great tempter of your souls.”
Somehow in all the talk about grace we have forgotten about the justice of God. Without justice grace becomes powerless, it is just a weak God overlooking the ugliness of sin. That is the amazing part of God’s love glimpsed at Gethsemane, Christ agreed to satisfy the justice of God. Justice could only be satisfied when sin’s debt is paid. Then, and only then, can the grace of God be offered to us. The drops of blood that began to flow at Gethsemane, increased to a stream at the whipping post, and became a river of blood as our Savior died for us. This blood satisfies God’s justice and at the same time offers amazing grace to us.