Station of the Cross # 4

Gethsemane

Read Matthew 26:36-46

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 scene reveals the sorrow in Jesus' heart that night.  He prayed to his Father that he would not have to go to the cross if there were any other way.  yet, he prayed the hardest prayer any of us can pray:  "Yet not as I will, but as you will."  When Jesus said, "May this cup be taken from me," he was referring to the difficult thing his Father was asking him to bear.  Yet, He chose to drink the cup, even though it was painful.

Pour the juice you have brought into cup(s) and drink it.  As you do, remember that Jesus chose to bear the agony of the cross - to drink the cup - to save you.

Is there a cup that the Father is asking you to drink - something about which you need to pray the prayer of Gethsemane, "Yet not as I will, but as you will"?

Suggested Song:  I Give Myself Away

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