Thought For The Week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.  Matt 26:30

When reading this week I came across this quote:  'Few go with Him to the garden who have sung the hymn.'  It is taken directly from the verse in Matthews Gospel.  It means that there are many Christians world wide who sing hymns about Christ but there are very few who learn to share with Him in His sufferings. 

The garden spoken about is the Garden of Gethsemane; the place where Christ met His fiercest battle and overcame.  We read 'he began to be sorrowful and very heavy'  Matt 26:37 .  Christ took His three closest companions in to the garden.  He attempted to share His sorrow with them and asked them to pray for Him.  It was the only time He  asked for human support.  They failed miserably, they fell asleep! Most of us would have been very uncomfortable in this situation; we would have found it all too much to cope with. 

Christ is looking for those who are prepared to go in to the garden with Him and share in 'the fellowship of His sufferings'  Phil 3:10.  He wants His true disciples to learn about Him not only in the joy and fellowship with others but in the aloneness with Him.  Let us seek not only to sing about Him, talk about Him and share about Him with others but to seek out 'our garden' where we will find Christ, heavy with sorrow, and learn to share sweet fellowship with Him.