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Perspective: Judas Kissed. Peter Wept.

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Matthew 26:45-49

Perspective: Judas Kissed. Peter Wept.

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Matt. 26:45a (Holman) Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting?”

For the third time, Jesus found them sleeping. He had hoped they would pray with Him; this obviously did not happen. They would never again be able to pray with Him in His agony. Some opportunities pass, never to return. Do we need to do a kindness, pray for someone, heal a relationship? Do it before the moment passes.Matt. 26:45b-46 “Look, the time is near. The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up; let’s go! See—My betrayer is near.”

“Let’s go!”—not to run away, but to go meet His opponents head on. He went forth like a champion to combat, reminding us He willingly gave His life.

Jesus, fortified by prayer, boldly confronted the enemy. The disciples, who slept through prayer time, cowardly fled. A major byproduct of prayer is; it can embolden us. If we want to stand tall for Jesus before people we must kneel low before God. To face the battles of Earth, enter Heaven in prayer (Barclay).

In a matter of moments, Jesus was disappointed and deserted by His closest followers, betrayed by one of His own disciples, and arrested by ruffians. For Jesus, a huge agony was compressed into minutes. He stood firm due to prayer.

Matt. 2

Perspective: Be Awake or Asleep?

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Matthew 26:40-44

Perspective: Be Awake or Asleep?

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Matthew 26:40 (Holman) Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He asked Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with Me one hour?”

To overlook Jesus’ disappointment here is to miss the point. He had asked the disciples to stay awake (v. 38). He wanted them to pray with and for Him.

Desiring their companionship and comfort, He wanted someone to care, but was sadly disappointed. They could stay awake all night fishing, but not praying.

What made the difference between Jesus and the disciples this night? Perspective. Jesus, choosing to be God-centered, was intense and withdrew to prayer. The three, being self-centered, were indifferent and withdrew to sleep.

In the spiritual realm, perspective matters. Do not let lethargy become our default position. Pray we will always feel the need, yea the urgency, to pray.

Matt. 26:41a “Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation.”

“Stay awake and pray”—this summarizes Christian duty. The emphasis here is not as much on overcoming temptation as it is on avoiding temptation in the first place. We should want God to keep us as far away from being tempted as possible.

The often-used illustration of this is the story of an elderly lady who wanted to hire a chauffeur. Three men applied. She asked how