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What does it mean that Jesus sweated blood?

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I’m trying to understand the Passion of Our Lord better. What does it mean that Jesus sweated blood?


There is a known medical condition known as hematidrosis in which a person has blood or blood pigments present in his sweat. This happens when ruptures in the skin occur that allow blood or blood pigment to move from the capillaries into the sweat glands.

On the literal level, it would seem that Jesus, suffering the extreme stress of the Agony in the Garden, began to suffer from hematidrosis. On the spiritual level, this event foreshadows the shedding of his blood for us on the cross.

On the apologetic level, the recording of this detail reveals Luke as the careful investigator and historian that he was. Hematidrosis is rare enough that–given the state of medical knowledge at the time–Luke (who was a doctor) may not have known about it, and so he recorded the detail. Though even if he did know about the condition, it still reveals his careful reporting of detail.



  1. mary vimala Reply

    extreme passion of christ in gesthamany,elicits da agony,in form of sweated blood

  2. Vanessa le-kohler Reply

    Eternal Father I offer you the body ,blood ,soul and his divinity of your beloved son our lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world!!! amen

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