Read Matthew 26:36-46
Did I hear that right? How could this be real? What does this really mean? This has to be wrong information!
These questions pound in our heads when we have been given unbelievable news. These were most likely the questions going through Jesus’ disciples in Matthew 26. Jesus says, “The Passover is two days away- and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” Chronologically in Matthew 26, they watch Jesus being anointed and then prepare for Passover.
Passover is a Jewish Feast. This celebration is to remind them when their people were slaves to the Egyptians and how God delivered them and preserved their first born sons through the blood of a Passover lamb. The Passover lamb had age and quality specifications and there were descriptions of how it was to be prepared and how the blood was to be used. (Exodus 11-12)
Fast forward to Matthew 26.
The preparation for Passover was very familiar to the disciples. Certain foods and drink and the retelling of the deliverance, but the prediction of their Lord being crucified was definitely not! So to say their hearts were troubled would be an understatement. Perplexing to have Him wash their feet, refer to His body and blood with the unleavened bread and wine, and then to talk of betrayal and Judas leaving in a fury?
To close out the evening –a walk to a familiar place to pray. Jesus asked them to pray. Pray for what? For who? A few of them were given a clue. In vs. 38, Jesus says, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” This was something they could identify with. They may have seen Jesus go a little further and fall face first to the ground and begin to pray. “Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
As followers of Jesus, this prayer brings us comfort and a human side! Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, knows our pain and confusion and journeys with us when we are emotionally and physically beyond our limits to help us pray, “Not my will, but as YOU will.”
Worship as you listen.
21 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE
For the full challenge, go here!
Day 6: A l o n g e r pause. Take a few extra minutes today and combine some of the previous challenges together. Quiet your life..
praise him, talk to him, give thanks and review your prayer list.