In this beautiful video of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, we are brought face to face with Christ experiencing a moment of weakness or even doubt, calling out to our Father in Heaven. I love what is portrayed here by the actor, Ted Neely, who shows us Jesus in all of His awesome humanity, divine but also simply human.
Christ pleads with God, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
He doesn’t really expect or believe that this is going to happen. Not once is He actually denying His Father or their plan, or His divine place in the plan. Jesus shows us that while He walked this earth, He experienced what we do, and as a human acted as such in His vulnerability and questioning.
These incredible moments that Jesus expresses His humanity are some of the more endearing of Jesus’ ministry, showing us that He identified with our earthly suffering so that we know we can overcome in our lives now, as He did then.
As you watch Ted Neely’s portrayal of Jesus, it’s almost possible to sincerely empathize with what Jesus was facing and the mixture of feelings He may have felt about what was to come. The absolute love He had for us, for God His Father, and the selflessness that He showed, is moving. Seeing Jesus as one of us in all our weaknesses, is one of the more emotional scenes I think I’ve ever witnessed and it was really beautiful on the stage as well. I thank God and the Lord Jesus Christ for His humanity, and the sacrifice He made so that we might be forgiven and wiped clean of our sins.