41 And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground (Lk 22:41-44).
This is a famous passage. Theologians wrestle with this passage. Many Christian readers find it disturbing.
I think it's a striking example of how fully the Incarnate Son entered into the human condition. It's not uncommon for believers and unbelievers alike to feel at one time or another that we've been ambushed by life. In some cases we can see it coming, but there's no U-turn.
Now Jesus might seem to have an unfair advantage. Given his omnipotence, surely can he press the eject button whenever he gets into a tight situation. So he's never cornered by life–or is he?
Here we see him panicking at the prospect of the impending ordeal that confronts him. He must fulfill his destiny. He was born for this. There's something almost fatalistic about it.
Like you and me, Jesus finds himself trapped by life. He is facing into a nightmare for which there's no escape. He wants to back out, but he can't. Sound familiar? Have you been there before?