“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Matthew 26, “GETHSEMANE,” cont’d

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“Now Behold The Lamb,” Kirk Franklin

“GETHSEMANE,” cont’d, Matthew 26:40) And He Cometh Unto The Disciples, And Findeth Them Asleep, And Saith Unto Peter, What, Could Ye Not Watch With Me One Hour?  41) Watch And Pray, That Ye Enter Not Into Temptation:  The Spirit Indeed Is Willing, But The Flesh Is Weak.  1 Corinthians 16:13.  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.  43) And He Came And Found Them Asleep Again:  For Their Eyes Were Heavy.  44) And He Left Them, And Went Away Again, And Prayed The Third Time, Saying The Same Words.  45) 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.  46) Rise, Let Us Be Going:  Behold, He Is At Hand That Doth Betray Me.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v40, Could You Not Watch With Me One Hour:  Although Addressed To Peter, The Question Was Meant For All Three Disciples.  v41, The Disciples Needed To Stay Awake And Pray Because They Were About To Be Tested Themselves.  The Word Flesh Emphasizes Human Weakness.   v42-44, The Fact That Jesus Prayed The Same Words Indicates That There Is Nothing Wrong With Repetition From A Devout Heart.  In Obedience To His Father, Jesus Committed Himself To Drink The Cup, Whatever The Cost.   v45, Are You Still Sleeping:  The Disciples Were Resting While Jesus Was Sweating In Prayer To The Point Of Exhaustion (see Luke 22;43, 44).  v46, JESUS DID NOT GO RELUCTANTLY, BUT WITH DETERMINATION TO DO THE FATHER’S WILL.  

Quest Study Bible – v41, “Why Did Jesus Ask The Disciples To Watch And Pray?”  In The Loneliness That Comes While Awaiting Death, Jesus Longed For The Presence Of Friends Who Would Pray With Him.  In Addition, The Disciples Needed To Pray For Their Own Benefit, Considering Their Predicted Denial, Cowardice And Abandonment Of Jesus.   Their Boasts of Allegiance (v. 35) Appear Pathetic In Light Of Their Behavior As The Night Wore On.  Their Failure To Pray Would Make Them An Easy Mark When Assaulted By Fear And Temptation.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v36-46, He Who Made Atonement For The Sins Of Mankind, Submitted Himself In A Garden Of Suffering, To The Will Of God, From Which Man Had Revolted In A Garden Of Pleasure.  Christ Took With Him Into That Part Of The Garden Where he Suffered His Agony, Only Those Who Had Witnessed His Glory In His Transfiguration.  Those Are Best Prepared To Suffer With Christ, Who Have By Faith Beheld His Glory.  The Words Used Denote (Indicate) The Most Entire Dejection, Amazement, Anguish, And Horror Of Mind; The State Of One Surrounded With Sorrows, Overwhelmed With Miseries, And Almost Swallowed Up With Terror And Dismay.  He Now Began To Be Sorrowful, And Never Ceased To Be So Till He Said, IT IS FINISHED.  He Prayed That, If Possible, The Cup Might Pass From Him.  Be He Also Shewed His Perfect Readiness To Bear The Load Of His Sufferings; HE WAS WILLING TO SUBMIT TO ALL FOR OUR REDEMPTION AND SALVATION.  According To This Example Of Christ, We Must Drink Of The Bitterest Cup Which God Puts Into Our Hands; Though Nature Struggle, It Must Submit.  It Should Be More Our Care To Get Troubles Sanctified, And Our Hearts Satisfied Under Them, Than To Get Them Taken Away.  IT IS WELL FOR US THAT OUR SALVATION IS IN THE HAND OF ONE THAT NEITHER SLUMBERS NOR SLEEPS.  All Are Tempted, But We Should Be Much Afraid Of Entering Into Temptation.  To Be Secured From This, WE SHOULD WATCH AND PRAY, AND CONTINUALLY LOOK UNTO THE LORD TO HOLD US UP THAT WE MAY BE SAFE.  Doubtless Our Lord Had A Clear And Full View Of The Sufferings He Was To Endure, Yet He Spoke With The Greatest Calmness Till This Time.  Christ Was A Surety (He Took Responsibility For Our Sins), Who Undertook To Be Answerable For Our Sins.  Accordingly He Was Made Sin For Us, And Suffered For Our Sins, THE JUST FOR THE UNJUST; AND SCRIPTURE ASCRIBES HIS HEAVIEST SUFFERINGS TO THE HAND OF GOD.  He Had Full Knowledge Of The Infinite Evil Of Sin, And Of The Immense Extent Of That Guilt For Which He Was To ATONE, (Aware) Of The Divine Justice And Holiness, And The Punishment Deserved By (Men For Their Sins), Such As No Tongue Can Express Or Mind Conceive.  AT THE SAME TIME, CHRIST SUFFERED BEING TEMPTED; PROBABLY HORRIBLE THOUGHTS WERE SUGGESTED BY SATAN THAT TENDED TO GLOOM AND EVERY DREADFUL CONCLUSION:  THESE WOULD BE THE MORE HARD TO BEAR FROM HIS PERFECT HOLINESS.  And Did The Load Of Imputed Guilt So Weigh Down The Soul Of Him Of Whom It Is Said, HE UPHOLDETH ALL THINGS BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER?  Into What Misery Then Must Those Sink Whose Sins Are Left Upon Their Own Heads!  HOW WILL THOSE ESCAPE WHO NEGLECT SO GREAT SALVATION?  Amen.  

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