Questions Jesus Asked #55

Matthew 26:40-41 –  Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”  NIV

The setting for this question is the Garden of Gethsemane. It was the night before Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. He pulls aside His three closest disciples, Peter, James, and John, and it is obvious that Jesus is sorrowful and troubled.   He even admits that to these three that He is “sorrowful to the point of death” and asks them to “stay here and keep watch.”

He goes off by Himself to pray; and when he returns, he finds them sleeping. This is when Jesus asks the above question. He even admonishes them to pray for themselves because the temptations will be great. Even though their spirits want to follow Jesus, they are, also, suffering from a lack of emotional and physical energy. Continue reading