It’s Jesus’ final night before the Cross. After the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives:
He said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, everything is possible for you. If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples, he found them sleeping, exhausted from sorrow. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour? Get up, watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
(Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He’s the Son of the Father who always seeks the Father’s will. He’s also the Son of Man delivered into the hands of sinners for our sake.
2. What exactly does he want us to do?
Are you asleep? That’s a great question for us all to ponder today.
Are we awake and alert, keeping watch like Jesus instructed? Or are we sleepwalking through life, stumbling around in a sad state of spiritual snooziness? As Jesus warned: “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Heed Jesus’ words. Stop slumbering. GET UP, WATCH and PRAY so that we don’t fall into temptation.
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