Gethsemane

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Mark 14:32-33 32 Jesus and his disciples came to a place called Gethsemane. Jesus said to them,“Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James, and John along with him. He began to feel despair and was anxious.
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

Yeshua took a few of the disciples with him to Gethsemane and asked them to wait while he went off to pray. They were concerned about Yeshua because a deep grief had overcome him. In his prayer, Yeshua asked that, if it were possible, he would like to avoid being put to death for his loyalty to a new understanding of how God is at work in the world. He also prayed his awareness that faithfulness to the insistent calling of God was far more important than merely keeping alive. Yeshua was aware of a conflicted nature inside of himself, the disciples, and indeed all of of humankind. That conflict needed an integrated resolution. He interrupted his own prayers three times to check on the disciples who, each time, had fallen asleep. “Enough of this,” he said to them. “You can’t stay awake and I can’t stay away from the fate which is ahead for me. Get up; let’s go.”

Immediately an angry crowd arrived. Judas, who was with them, called Yeshua ‘Rabbi’ and kissed him. The crowd took this as a sign and arrested Yeshua. In the melee, the slave of the high priest was injured. Yeshua addressed them all saying, “So, you needed the darkness of the night to arrest me; why didn’t you do it in the light of day while I was teaching in the temple? Never mind, do what you must! This will be the only way that you will be able to see that my faithfulness to God is more pressing than your threats of punishment and death.” At this, the disciples all fled.

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