135 Jesus prays at Gethsemane.

Matthew 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:40–46; John 18:1

Why did Jesus leave eight disciples farther away and take only three with him to pray (Matthew 26:36–37)?

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What do you think caused Jesus to be grieved, filled with distress, his heart overcome with sorrow (Matthew 26:37–38)?

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Why did Jesus leave the three disciples and go a little farther to pray (Matthew 26:39)?

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If Jesus knew this was the plan from the beginning, why did he now want to escape the suffering (Matthew 26:39)?

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What did the angel do to give Jesus strength (Luke 22:43)?

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Why might we think Jesus did not have hematohidrosis, sweating real drops of blood, but his agony was greater than if he had (Luke 22:44)?

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If all the disciples had fallen asleep, where did they get the details of what happened in the Garden (Luke 22:45)?

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When Jesus said, “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak,” was he talking about himself or his disciples (Matthew 26:41)? Why?

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Why did Jesus see a need to pray the same words as before, a second and third time (Matthew 26:42–44)?

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From the time when Judas left the Passover meal to much later that night, when Jesus had ended his prayers, what had Judas been doing (Matthew 26:45–46)?

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How did Jesus know his betrayer was coming (Matthew 26:46)?

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After praying, Jesus went across the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered the garden called Gethsemane. “While I go over there to pray, you sit here. Pray that you do not fall into temptation.”

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Matthew 26:36 When they arrived at Gethsemane, Jesus said to his disciples, “While I go over there to pray, you sit here.”
Mark 14:32 When they arrived at Gethsemane, Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”
Luke 22:40 When they arrived at Gethsemane, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pray that you do not fall into temptation.”
John 18:1 After praying, Jesus went across the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered the garden there.
King James

Matthew 26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Mark 14:32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
Luke 22:40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
John 18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.

Jesus took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, James and John. He became grieved and was filled with distress. “Stay here and watch with me. My heart is overcome with sorrow to the point of death.”

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Matthew 26:37–38 Jesus took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, James and John. He became grieved and was filled with distress. “Stay here and watch with me,” he said. “My heart is overcome with sorrow to the point of death.”
Mark 14:33–34 Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John. He became grieved and was filled with distress. “Stay here and watch with me,” he said. “My heart is overcome with sorrow to the point of death.”
King James

Matthew 26:37–38 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
Mark 14:33–34 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

He went about a stone’s throw away, fell to his knees, his face to the ground, and prayed. “My Father, everything is possible for you. Let me escape this suffering. Nevertheless, I want your will, not mine.”

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Matthew 26:39 He went a little farther, fell on his face, and prayed. “My Father, if possible, let me escape this suffering. Nevertheless, I want your will, not mine.”
Mark 14:35–36 He went a little farther, fell on his face, and prayed that if possible, he would escape this time of suffering. “Dearest Father, everything is possible for you. Let me escape this suffering. Nevertheless, I want your will, not mine.”
Luke 22:41–42 He went about a stone’s throw away, knelt, and prayed. “My Father, if you are willing, let me escape this suffering. Nevertheless, I want your will, not mine.”
King James

Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Mark 14:35–36 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Luke 22:41–42 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

An angel from Heaven appeared and strengthened him.

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Luke 22:43 An angel from Heaven appeared and strengthened him.
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Luke 22:43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

In extreme agony, he prayed more earnestly. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

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Luke 22:44 In extreme agony, Jesus prayed more earnestly. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
King James

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Afterward, he returned to his disciples and found them asleep, exhausted from grief. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “can’t you watch with me for an hour? Stay alert and pray so you do not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

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Matthew 26:40–41 He returned to his disciples and found them asleep. “Can’t you watch with me for an hour? Stay alert and pray so you do not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Mark 14:37–38 He returned to his disciples and found them asleep. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “can’t you watch with me for an hour? Stay alert and pray so you do not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Luke 22:45–46 Afterward, he found his disciples asleep, exhausted from grief. Why are you sleeping? Stay alert and pray so you do not fall into temptation.”
King James

Matthew 26:40–41 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Mark 14:37–38 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
Luke 22:45–46 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

Again, Jesus left to pray. “My Father, if this cup of suffering cannot be emptied without my drinking it, let your will be done.”

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Matthew 26:42 Again, Jesus left to pray. “My Father, if this cup of suffering cannot be emptied without my drinking it, let your will be done.”
Mark 14:39 Again, Jesus left to pray the same words as before.
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Matthew 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Mark 14:39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.

Once more, he returned to find his disciples asleep. They could not keep their eyes open and did not know what to say.

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Matthew 26:43 Once more, he returned to find his disciples asleep. They could not keep their eyes open.
Mark 14:40 Once more, he returned to find his disciples asleep. They could not keep their eyes open and did not know what to say.
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Matthew 26:43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
Mark 14:40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.

He left them for the third time and prayed the same words as before. When he returned, he said, “How can you be at ease, sleeping? You have slept long enough. Look! It is time for the Son of Man to be handed over to wicked men. Get up. Let’s go! My betrayer is coming.”

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Matthew 26:44–46 He left them for the third time and prayed the same words as before. When he returned, he said, “How can you be at ease, sleeping? Look! It is time for the Son of Man to be handed over to wicked men. Get up. Let’s go! My betrayer is coming.”
Mark 14:41–42 When he returned for the third time, he said, “How can you be at ease, sleeping? You have slept long enough. Look! It is time for the Son of Man to be handed over to wicked men. Get up. Let’s go! My betrayer is coming.”
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Matthew 26:44–46 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: 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 is at hand that doth betray me.
Mark 14:41–42 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.