Dangers multiplied before him; his enemies seemed about to triumph/ and the powers of darkness to prevail. Luther trembled she looked upon himself - one man opposed to the mightiest powers of earth. He sometimes doubted whether he had indeed been led of God to set himself against the authority of the church. In anguish of spirit he threw himself with his face upon the earth and poured out those broken/ heart-rending cries/ which none but God can fully understand.
Jesus fell prostrate upon the ground. He felt that by sin He was being separated from His Father. The gulf was so broad, so black, so deep, that His spirit shuddered before it. This agony He must not exert His divine power to escape. As man, He must suffer the consequences of man's sin. As man, He must endure the wrath of God against transgression. "O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless not as I will/ but as thou wilt."
For transgression of the law of God, Adam and Eve were banished from Eden. Christ, our substitute, was to suffer without the boundaries of Jerusalem. He died outside the gate where felons and murderers were executed. Full of significance are the words "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law/ being made a curse for us." Galatians 3