Have we been let down when we needed the support of our circle? Have we found ourselves trusting and depending upon something that is man-made? Have we made promises and intended to help others and failed to follow through? Where is our focus?
Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.
So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”
Anguished and distressed; signs of the inner turmoil that Jesus is experiencing He makes a request of his followers to help him pray at this time. “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He then makes a request of the Father to remove the cup of suffering from Him finishing with words indicating obedience; “Your will be done.”
The followers sleep and show us the failings of mankind. They voice their intentions, they want to support and intend to, but sleep overcomes them, they experience failure. Jesus is experiencing the weakness in mankind through the failings of others but also within his own body. He knows everything we go through because He has been there. Many times “the spirit is willing but the body weak.” Where do we want to place our trust? Like Christ, return to the Father, we can place our trust in the source of power that is able to carry us through anything.
Three times Jesus prays to have the cup removed and three times he returns to obedience and states “Your will be done.” He is not losing sight of His mission, His purpose and His allegiance. He knows who He is and what He can do. Jesus came to terms with the pending agony of His mission. He demonstrated for us obedience in all things through dependence on the Father. He had purpose, resolve, commitment and focus. We can realize that mankind’s intentions are no match for God’s provision. “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. ” Keep watch, keep focus, remember who He is and who we are, what He can do and what we can do through Christ, keep the Word of God alive and active in us.