5 Key Differences Between Mental Illness and Spiritual Struggle
Recently I had the opportunity to ask a question that I had never heard discussed within the four walls of a church. “How do you know if you need a counselor, a psychiatrist, or a friend?” I asked. The response was was wise and profound.
A seasoned therapist proceeded to describe Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. “Picture Jesus in the Garden,” she began. The Bible tells us that Christ looked at His disciples and said, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” in Mark 14: 34. Scripture further describes Christ’s distress in Luke 22: 44 when it says, ”And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
After she described the condition of our Savior she ended with a question I will never forget.
“What if Jesus couldn’t get out of the garden?” I had never thought about it before, but it was a question worth pondering.
Had He gotten stuck in this critical moment, how would we view Him? Had He remained sandwiched between the present and the unavoidable future, what would we think about His mental state? The spiritual struggle we see in the garden links our Savior to mankind. We can clearly see why it says in Hebrews 4: 15 that we have a “high priest who is able to empathize with our weakness.”