Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane. When he was at the place, he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go there and pray. Pray that you don’t enter into temptation.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (James and John) and began to be greatly sorrowful – distressed and severely troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful (even to death). Stay here and watch with me.” He went forward a little and fell on his face on the ground.
He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw and prayed that the hour might pass away from him. He said, “My Abba Father… if it is possible… if you are willing… let this cup pass away …remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire. All things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not what I desire …but yours …what you desire be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him. Being in agony he prayed more earnestly. His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.
When he rose up from his prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping (because of grief) and said to Peter, “What? Simon, are you sleeping? Why do you sleep? Couldn’t you watch with me for one hour? Rise and watch and pray… that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Again, a second time he went away, and prayed the same words, saying, “My Father, if this cup can’t pass away from me unless I drink it, your desire be done.” He came again and found them sleeping (for their eyes were very heavy).
He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words.
Then he came to his disciples, and said to them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest (and they didn’t know what to answer him). It is enough, behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Arise, let’s be going… behold, he who betrays me is at hand.”
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- Matthew 26:36-46
- Mark 14:32-42
- Luke 22:39-46
- John 18:1