Tuesday, April 12, 2022
36-38 Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, “Stay here while I go over there and pray.” Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he plunged into an agonizing sorrow. Then he said, “This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”
39 Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?”
40-41 When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”
42 He then left them a second time. Again he prayed, “My Father, if there is no other way than this, drinking this cup to the dregs, I’m ready. Do it your way.”
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
Verse 36: Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”
Verse 37: And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
Verse 38: Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
Verses 37-38 studies: Jesus had to deal with his physical pain, which was separating from the Father, the death for the sin of the world. Yes, his divine course was set, but he struggled. Jesus can relate to our suffering. Jesus’ strength to obey came from his relationship with God the Father, who is also our source of strength.
7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him. -Hebrews 5:7-9 ESV And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. -John 17:11 ESV I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. -John 17:15-16 ESV That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. -John 17:21 ESV I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” -John 17:26 ESV
Verse 39: And going a little farther, he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
Verse 39 study: Jesus was not rebelling against his Father’s will when he asked for the cup of suffering and separation to be taken away. Jesus reaffirms to God that he is willing to do his will by saying, “Yet not as I will, but as you do.” This shows Jesus’ prayer is suffering. The agony Jesus had is worse than death because Jesus paid for all of our sins by being separated from God. The Son of God took our sins and saved us, regardless of how he felt, so we can live from suffering and separation.
When we suffer, we want to know what the future will hold or understand why for the heartache in our life. Now Jesus knew what lay ahead and the reason why. But he struggled with intensity, probably more wrenching than any other struggle we will ever face. So what will it take for us to say, “as You will”? It takes 100% trust in God’s plans; it also takes obedience each way.
Verse 40: And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?
Verse 41: Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Verses 40-41 studies: Jesus used Peter’s drowsiness to warn him about the temptations he would face. One of the ways to be aware of temptation is to be aware and pray. Watching means understanding your surroundings. It also means knowing when temptation may come, being sensitive to the subtleties, and being ready to battle it spiritually. We all know temptation comes at our most vulnerable time; we can’t avoid it, especially alone. Prayer is vital because of God’s strength. He can use his strength to share our defenses and defeat Satan’s power.
Verse 42: Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”