Garden of Gethsemane
by Wayne Blank
"Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
"And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I shall not drink again of this Fruit Of The Vine until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's Kingdom." [see The Kingdom of God]
"And when they had sung a hymn [see Hymns Of Worship], they went out to the Mount of Olives."
Jesus' Prediction That They Would Forsake Him
"Then Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away because of Me this night; for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd [see The Shepherd], and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee."
"Peter declared to Him, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away."
"Jesus said to him, "Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows [see Birds Of The Bible], you will deny Me three times."
"Peter said to Him, "Even if I must die with You, I will not deny You." And so said all the disciples.
"Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, "Sit here, while I go yonder and pray." And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee [see John and James], He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, "My soul [see Where Is Your Soul?] is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with Me."
"And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and He said to Peter, "So, could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
"Again, for the second time, He went away and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, Thy will be done."
"And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words."
"Then He came to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, My betrayer is at hand."
"While He was still speaking, Judas [see Why Did He Do It?] came, one of The Twelve Apostles, and with Him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I shall kiss is the man; seize Him." [see What Did Jesus Look Like?] And he came up to Jesus at once and said, "Hail, Master!" And he kissed him."
"Jesus said to him, "Friend, why are you here?" Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him. And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest, and cut off his ear."
"Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once send Me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?"
"At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture Me? Day after day I sat in the Temple [see Temples] teaching, and you did not seize Me. But all this has taken place, that the Scriptures of the Prophets [see Prophecy] might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled." (Matthew 26:26-56)
Fact Finder: Did Jesus Christ ascend into heaven from the Mount of Olives? Will His return be in the same way?