Bible: Matthew 26:36-56

Gethsemane

26:36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 26:37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became anguished and distressed. 26:38 Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” 26:39 Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, 1 My Father, if possible, 2  let this cup 3  pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 26:40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He 4  said to Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with me for one hour? 26:41 Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, 5 My Father, if this cup 6  cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will must be done.” 26:43 He came again and found them sleeping; they could not keep their eyes open. 7  26:44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same thing once more. 26:45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is approaching, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 26:46 Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer 8  is approaching!

Betrayal and Arrest

26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, 9  one of the twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. 26:48 (Now the betrayer 10  had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. 11  Arrest him!”) 12  26:49 Immediately 13  he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed him. 14  26:50 Jesus 15  said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and took hold 16  of Jesus and arrested him. 26:51 But 17  one of those with Jesus grabbed 18  his sword, drew it out, and struck the high priest’s slave, 19  cutting off his ear. 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! 20  For all who take hold of the sword will die by the sword. 26:53 Or do you think that I cannot call on my Father, and that he would send me more than twelve legions 21  of angels right now? 26:54 How then would the scriptures that say it must happen this way be fulfilled? 26:55 At that moment Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? 22  Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet 23  you did not arrest me. 26:56 But this has happened so that 24  the scriptures of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.

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