Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
By: Ypie Doelman
Jesus took three disciples with Him to the garden to pray. While the disciples fell asleep, Jesus came alone to the place where His whole life had been pointed. To drink the cup of suffering to the fullest. Knowing what he was about to face, Jesus’ soul was crushed with grief to the point of death. His sweat turned into drops of blood. Yet, He said to His Father: " I want your will to be done, not mine." And an angel came and strengthened Him."
A garden is usually a quiet, peaceful and well-kept place. In my painting of the scene, I depicted the garden as having trees that look threatening. Trees that look as if they are caving in on Jesus and are stark against the light. I included roots sticking up from the ground that make kneeling painful. The garden I depicted is one where Jesus could not avoid the thorns that would sting and branches that would scratch His face. With this, I tried to capture the agony of Jesus’ heart and soul. The war between darkness and light and life and death.