Agony in the Garden
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"My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." Matthew
He took with him the three chosen ones, Peter, James and John, and went within the orchard. Jesus knew that in a little while Judas would be there with a band of men to seize him; that within a few hours he would be beaten, and stripped, and led out to die. The thought of what he was to suffer came upon him and filled his soul with grief.
He said to Peter, and James, and John, "My soul is filled with sorrow; a sorrow
that almost kills me. Stay here and watch while I am praying.'" He went a little
further among the trees, and flung himself down upon the ground, and cried out
"O, my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless,
not as I will, but as You will!"
So earnest was his feeling and so great his suffering, that there came out upon his face great drops of sweat like blood, falling upon the ground. After praying for a time, he rose up from the earth, and went to his three disciples, and found them all asleep. He awaked them, and said to Peter, "What, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that you may not go into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
He left them, and went a second time into the woods, and fell on his knees, and prayed again, saying, "O, my Father, if this cup cannot pass away, and I must drink it, then thy will be done."
He came again to the three disciples, and found them sleeping; but this time he did not wake them. He went once more into the woods, and prayed, using the same words. And an angel from heaven came to him, and gave him strength.
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