Turn with me to Matthew 26, please. If you have your piece of paper you’ll see I’ve put those at the bottom. See if you can take that right there for me.

I’ve put those passages right there at the bottom if you have handout. If you don’t, don’t worry about it. Just to show a parallel, as I said I went through and took all of those words. This particular example I’m going to show you has such a striking imagery because it is, it is in every single account save, save

John and John do not focus on the same things that Mark specifically highlighted and then Matthew and Luke. But it’s staggering to me. Let me, let me before I get to the text, let me do a little background here. In, what it is it, Matthew 26, starting at verse 17 or so forward, they have the Passover together. They ate the Passover, where it’s declared not only the Paschal meal but that one will betray Him, the declaration someone will betray Jesus. And in fact if you go through this whole passage you’ll get to the place where it says in verse

30, they, “And when they had sung a hymn,” literally a psalm, “they went out into the Mount of Olives.”

Now I’m going to jump right over, right down to the 36th verse in Matthew 26:36, “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane,” and this is what I had never really stopped too much to ponder just on the place. There is different, three different camps deciding what this name means: oil press. Oil press. That’s why I referred to it at the very beginning and it’s so fitting because where the agony of prayer and the agony of human, the humanity of Jesus will kind of be revealed for the first time, we’ve never encountered Jesus like this, in this pressing moment, “and saith unto his disciples, sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Those words, really in English don’t color in the depressive weight and sorrow and anguish.

The Greek has a much better definition but I don’t want to get bogged down on that. “Then saith he unto to them, my soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father,” this is a little bit different than anything else He’s ever said before. In fact, wait until you see what I’ve done when I get to Jesus on the cross talking to God. It’s no longer the same frame of reference. This is why we need to study all these different dimensions and glean what we can from them. But here it says, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou, thou will. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto

Peter”-and you’re going to have to correct something in your, in your Bibles, please.

Jesus says, “What, could ye not watch with me one hour?” Literally what Jesus says is, “Were ye not strong enough.” The word is iskusate. That’s human strength, “Were you not strong enough for one hour to watch with me?” Somehow the King James omitted to put that in there and that’s probably the most pivotal thing to know because you know there are different kinds of strength. There’s the dynamos strength that comes from God and then there’s the iskus that’s in man, frail man. And the Greek is very specific. He says, “You are not iskusate enough, you weren’t strong enough for one hour to watch with me?” And Jesus says, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.” I’ll come back to that verse. “He went again the second time and prayed saying, O my Father”-a little bit different now-”if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. He came again and found them asleep again: for the eyes were very heavy.” And the word for heaviness there has to do-have you ever been so emotionally distraught that you cannot keep your eyes open?

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