The Story of Jesus

Gethsemane

After leaving the upper room, Jesus and the Eleven went to the Garden of Gethsem'ane. At the entrance Jesus told eight disciples, "Stay here while I go and pray." Taking Peter, James, and John, he went into the garden to pray.

While he prayed, the disciples fell asleep. They could not understand why he was 

so troubled, and they did not know how to comfort him. How he longed to have them near to pray with him! Twice Jesus awakened Peter, James, and John. Then while he prayed in agony alone, God sent an angel to strengthen and comfort him.

Jesus knew he would die on the cross. He must bear the sins of the world in order to become the Savior of men. Because he had a body and mind like ours, he dreaded to suffer the pain of such a death and he dreaded to be left alone by those he loved. So he prayed, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this pass away from me. Nevertheless not my will but yours be done."

A third time Jesus roused the sleeping disciples, saying, "Rise, let us be going; my betrayer is near." They followed. 

While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, came up, followed by a mob with swords and clubs, who had come from the high priests and the scribes and the elders. Judas had arranged a signal: "He whom I shall kiss," he said, "is the man. Take him, and lead him away without letting him escape." As soon as he came, he went up to Jesus, saying, "Master," and kissed him. 

At this Peter drew a short sword, struck one of the soldiers, and cut off his ear. Jesus said to Peter, "Put up your sword." Then he healed the soldier's ear. Peter drifted into the shadows with the other frightened disciples.

Then they seized Jesus and took him. Jesus turned and said, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to seize me as you would a robber ? Day after day I have been with you teaching in the Temple, yet you never seized me."

Then Jesus' disciples left him and fled. One young man, however, followed him with only a linen sheet thrown about him; but when the men tried to seize him, he left the linen sheet and fled away naked.


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