Gethsemane and the Half-Blood Prince

Liam Thatcher

On Sunday I preached on the Garden of Gethsemane, one of the darkest and most psychologically intense passages of Scripture, as Jesus looks into the face of death, pleads with the Father to take away the cup of judgment, and then resolutely decides “Yet not my will, but yours.”

As I was preparing for it I remembered the powerful scene in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince where Dumbledore drinks the potion of despair.

I vividly recall the moments when I first read that chapter of the book. I’m not really one for teen fiction, but there was something so gripping about that chapter, that I couldn’t put it down. I remember reading it in the passenger seat of a car, late at night, by torchlight, as my friend who was driving and had already read the book was eagerly waiting for me to reach this particular scene…

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