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Let This Cup Pass from Me

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    After three years of ministry, Jesus found himself nearing his death. The last time he was with his disciples before his execution was in the garden of Gethsemane. I believe this is where Jesus experienced his most vulnerable moment: for this was the moment before he would be taken and persecuted; he knew the moment was coming, and he feared it. He told his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John. He paused, then instructed the disciples he took with him to remain in their spot as he went farther and for them to watch him. Christ fell on his face, and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

    Jesus returned to Peter, James, and John, after praying for an hour only to find them asleep. He woke them and told them to watch and pray, warning them not to enter into temptation, and reminding them the spirit is willing, bu…