“They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
–Mark 14:32-34


There is so much going on in this passage of scripture. It is an extremely powerful scene in the life of Jesus; one of the only places in scripture where we get really “up close and personal” with his humanity.

His humanity is up front and center, which could make many of us feel uncomfortable.

You see, we are very comfortable with the divinity of Jesus, but a lot less comfortable with the humanity of Jesus. Which are you?

Both are real. Both are important.

For us to fully understanding Jesus, we have to grasp both aspects. 


There is a lot that could be focused on in this passage, but I want to look specifically at Jesus’ wisdom in his vulnerability, honesty, and transparency.

We are told, in the Gospel of Mark, that Jesus went to the olive grove and told the majority of his disciples to sit and pray. He decided to take Peter, James, and John a little further. It is at this point that Jesus reveals himself.

He tells them he is greatly distressed and troubled.
He is in agony.
His soul is crushed and grief is closing in on him like a tsunami.

Notice how Jesus doesn’t reveal this to everyone. 
 


Here is the point: As human beings it is vital to have places where we can be completely vulnerable, honest, and transparent—but it must be with the right people in the right environments.

In order for those things to become clear you must seek wisdom from God.

A FOOL is vulnerable, honest, and transparent with everyone, but a WISE person is selective (like Jesus was with Peter, James, and John) with whom they share their heart.

It’s okay to not share with everyone.

There is this fallacy that says, “if you aren’t transparent with everyone, then you are lying and that is wrong.”

Don’t worry about what others say.

Follow the example Jesus laid out for us and I am confident that you will be more than all right! 


-Daniel