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Daily Devotions – Rise and Let Us Go

 

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Matthew 26:36-46  (NIV)
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”  40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. 45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

 

This is such a complicated picture of Jesus with his disciples; a lot is going on.  Jesus is looking ahead with trepidation to the days to come.  In his sorrow he turns to his Father for comfort and direction.  He seeks comfort and comradery from his disciples, yet they are unable to stay awake.  And, within moments, Judas will show up with guards to have Jesus arrested.  And, even with all of this, Jesus stands up and willingly walks toward the cross.  This is our God, who loves us enough to save us from our sin.