Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. (Luke 22:39-46)
What happens when the source of all comfort, who we have seen showing up in compassion, anger and intimacy, confronts unimaginable pain Himself. We continue to focus on Jesus during Passion Week and today we see Him showing up in anguish. We would be wise to meditate on what our perfect example does in the face of extreme adversity and consider what motivates Him.
Please prayerfully read the passage above and answer the questions below.
Today’s Questions for comments:
- How did Jesus deal with His anguish, and what Disciplines do you see manifested?
- What do you take away for your times of pain and to help those around you in need of comfort?
Tomorrow we will consider how Jesus showed up in the most important way for all humanity.