REWIND: Jesus Prayer 4: The Gethsemane Prayer (Mark 14:32-42; Matthew 26:36-46)


It is the final hours of Jesus’ life. A woman anointed his body with very expensive fragrant oil. Meanwhile, Judas, one of the twelve apostles, one of his close friends, has gone to the chief priests and has agreed to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus has instituted the Lord’s Supper with his disciples. In Mark 14:26 Jesus and his disciples are walking to the Mount of Olives. Jesus warns his disciples that they are going to fulfill the scripture that the shepherd will be struck and the sheep will be scattered. All of them declare emphatically that they will never deny Jesus, even if they have to die with him.

Mark 14:32-39

We cannot begin to comprehend the weight and gravity of the situation that Jesus is enduring at this moment. He knows that he is about to die. He knows that he is going to die in a very painful way, crucifixion being considered one of the most painful ways to die. He has concerned for his disciples and their safety with the arrest impending. One of his close companions is not with him because he is leading soldiers to him. So we need to relate to Jesus and see that this is a great moment of difficulty…

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