The Agony in Getshemane: Why Jesus Was Sweating Blood

Christ on the Mount of Olives  By Wolfgang Sauber (Own work) [ GFDL  or  CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 ],  via Wikimedia Commons

Christ on the Mount of Olives By Wolfgang Sauber (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. (Luke 22:44)

After supper, Jesus and his disciples went to the Mount of Olives. Jesus’ agony in the garden fully expresses his human nature and shows the conflict between his divine nature and human nature.

As the Son of God, Jesus was the ultimate prophet. He knew ahead of time the brutality of the punishment he was about to suffer. Even in his unique situation, he was not guessing or imagining things.

As the living God, his foreknowledge about his upcoming crucifixion was beyond real. And yet that divine knowledge about the crucifixion had to be handled by Jesus, the Man.

As humans, we have a hormonal system that is specialized in preparing our body to respond and function in stressful situations. It is called the Fight or Flight Response.

Jesus, the Human, was exposed to unparalleled amounts of stress. His human brain was receiving vivid information about his upcoming crucifixion. His hormonal response was beyond real.

There is a strange and rare condition in which the small capillaries of the sweat gland become fragile and start leaking blood into the gland channels creating a mixture of sweat and blood. This condition is called hematidrosis.

Jesus knew what he was about to suffer, and his body was experiencing this condition. Very interesting, don’t you think?