Jesus Suffered Alone
Begin with prayer, opening your heart to God’s Word and Spirit.
Read Mark 14:32-36, 43-46
32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.
44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him.
Jesus knew his time had come; he would soon be arrested, tried, and sent to the cross to suffer for our sins. Upset and troubled, his soul very sad, he prayed to his Father. In his anguish, for a moment, he asked to be spared, but with the same breath, he committed himself to God’s will. It was often Jesus’ practice to go to a place alone to pray. This night was different, but the support he requested from his disciples would not be forthcoming. He would have to face what was to come alone, but his resolve did not waiver.
Lord Jesus, there really aren’t words of gratitude great enough to thank you for you willingness to go to the cross for us. Please hear our hearts. Amen.