Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 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. (Matthew 26:36-38.)
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.
And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? (Mark 14:36-37.)
And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 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. (Luke 22:43-44.)
Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith…behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. (Matthew 26:45.)
Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. (John 18:3-5.)
And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? (Luke 22:47-48.)
Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, And led him away. (John 18:8-11.)
And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. (Matthew 26:57.)
Points to Ponder:
- What does Jesus’ willingness to suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane for the sins, sorrows, and sicknesses of all mankind teach you about him?
- How does the command to watch, or stay awake, apply to us as we strive to live the gospel of Jesus Christ?
- Considering how Jesus’s Atonement has blessed you to receive forgiveness from sin, healing from sickness, or strength in the midst of sorrows, how would you explain the mercy and grace available through his atonement to all who are in search of peace?
- Has there been a time when Heavenly Father sent an angel, seen or unseen, to strengthen or comfort you? Or, has there been a time when Heavenly Father prompted you to comfort or help someone?