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.