Gethsemane

Found in Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42 and Luke 22:39-46 

Matthew 26:36-39 

Jesus went with his disciples (to the mount of Olives as was his custom – Luke) to a place called Gethsemane. 

Jesus: Sit here, while I go and pray yonder. 

And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (James and John), and began to be sorrowful and very heavy-hearted. 

Jesus: My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death. Stay here and watch with me. 

Luke adds, “Pray that you do not enter into temptation.” (22:40)

Jesus went a little further. Luke tells us Jesus moved about a stone’s cast away. (22:41)

Jesus fell on his face and prayed.

Jesus: O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will. 

Luke 22:43-44 

And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 

Being in agony Jesus prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 

Matthew 26:40-46 

Jesus came to the disciples and found them asleep. 

Jesus (to Peter): What, couldn’t you watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 

Jesus went away again the second time and prayed. 

Mark says “and spoke the same words.” (14:39)

Jesus: O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, your will be done. 

And he came and found them asleep again for their eyes were heavy.

Mark added that “they did not know what to answer him.” (14:40) 

Jesus left them and went away again and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then he returned to his disciples (the third time – Mark).

Jesus: Sleep on now and take your rest. (It is enough – Mark). Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. Behold, he who betrays me is at hand.

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