In the Garden

Journey to the Cross part 6

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.

Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body 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? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

—Matthew 26:36-46

Imagine what must be going through Jesus’ head as he prays. It is the night of his betrayal. The magnitude of what is about to happen is fully on him. We also see the humanity of Christ shine through as He prays that if there is another way (one without the pain and dieing part)  he would take it.

Here we also see complete obedience as Christ states “not my will, but yours.”

Christ has told his disciples to stay and pray in an area not to far away. It is late and the disciples are tired. He comes back sees them sleeping the first time. I almost want to see Christ get a smile on his face as he approaches seeing that they are asleep. Then makes the comment as one who walks up on his best friends, “Couldn’t you stay up and keep guard for an hour?”

Then specifically to Peter, he says watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. for the spirit is willing but ht e body is weak.”

Peter, the one that would become the head of the church when Christ left, was all willing to follow Jesus. His Spirit was in the groove, but his body still wasn’t ready for it. The temptation of denying Christ was yet to happen with Peter, as one finds out if they continue to read in Matthew.

How often do we find that what we want to do is not where Christ wants us to go? Or that our Spirit is willing but our mind rejects every aspect of the idea?

We become like Jonah and run away from what God wants us to do.

However here is the catch. You can run but you cannot hide!!

Take some time today to really seek out what God is wanting you to do. Then take the challenge and actually do it!!

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