Jesus was troubled and deeply distressed. He told Peter, James and John that His soul was exceedingly sorrowful even to death and asked them to stay there and watch. He went a little farther in the garden and fell on the ground. He prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.
When I read verse 36 where He asks, “Take this cup away from Me,” I cried. I cried because I thought of how heart-wrenching it would be for Jesus to be separated from His Father because our sins would be placed on Him as since the beginning–before the world was, He and His Father had been together–inseparable. The cup mentioned in verse 35 was the agony of being separated from the Father. When Jesus, the sinless Son of God took on the sins of the world, He would be separated from His Father so that we could have eternal life. Sins separate us from God.
Then Jesus said, “not what I will, but what You will.” Even though He knew what doing the will of the Father would cost Him, He was obedient. Like Jesus, are we willing to place our Father’s will above our own no matter the cost? Jesus did it because there was no other way through which men could be saved. Jesus’ death and blood were the only ways we could be reconciled to God (Romans 5:10, Ephesians 2:13).
It is interesting that the three whom Jesus took with Him, weren’t there for Him when it mattered the most. In Mark 14:29, Peter insisted that he would not desert Jesus. In verse 37, Jesus addresses him only. He asked him, “could you not keep watch for one hour?”
In Matthew 20:22, 23, James and John said that they were able to drink the cup He was about to drink and be baptised with the baptism that He would be baptised with and they said they were able. Yet, like Peter, they could not keep watch.
There are times in our lives when we will be vulnerable to temptation. What can we do to resist? Jesus gave us the following tips:
- Keep watch
- Resolve to do God’s will