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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 5: Matthew 26:36-46


Jesus and the disciples went to the Garden of Gethesmane. He told them to wait while he went and prayed. He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (James and John) with him. He become sorrowful and troubled. He then left them, asking them to keep watch, and stepped further away. He prayed on his face to God to take the cup from him if it was God’s will.

He returned to his disciples who were sleeping. He chastized them for not keeping watch. He told them to watch and pray so they don’t fall into temptation.

He went away again and prayed to God to take the cup from him. He found them sleeping a second time. Then Jesus went a third time, praying the same prayer. He returned to his disciples, saying he is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 5: Matthew 26:36-46

10a) His sorrow for humanity and all of their sins. It’s a big burden to carry all of that weight on your shoulders. His sorrow for his own death, pain, and suffering.

b) He prayed on his face, asking God, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken form me. Yet, not as I will, but as you will.”

c) He chastized them for not keeping watch and not praying so they don’t fall into temptation. Basically, he has but hours to live and his closest friends are sleeping them away.

11) He asked to not go through this, but he said only if it was God’s will. He knew it was God’s will, and he knew his destiny. He accepts it willingly, but not without remorse.

12a) Although we may not like God’s will for our lives, it is His will, so we must accept it and move forward.

b) Thank you, Jesus, for taking my sin on your shoulders and carrying it for me so I may live forever in your kingdom free from sin.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 5: Matthew 26:36-46

I did not remember that Jesus checked on his disciples three times and that he prayed the same prayer three times afterward. Love this! Even though Jesus asked three times, God answered by confirming Jesus’s destiny. So good!

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 5: Matthew 26:36-46

Gethsemane is east of the temple mount area in Jerusalem and on the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives. The town was surrounded by olive trees, and Gethsemane means “olive press,” indicating the vast importance of the olive to this region.

Here, Jesus is sorrowful, in part due to the physical pain he was about to suffer, but he was also sorrowful of carrying the entire world’s sin on his shoulders.  Luke 22:43 says that angels came and ministered to Jesus in the garden. He is about to face a spiritual battle, and he keeps Peter, James, and John with him.

If there were any other way for mankind to be saved, God would never have sent His one and only Son to die as he did. Thus, it is not possible.

The cup of judgment is a symbol for God’s wrath and judgment used in the Old Testament. (Psalm 75:8)  (Isaiah 51:17)  (Jeremiah 25:15)

Jesus would bear God’s wrath; this is what he is most sorrowful about. He is about to be separated from God, His Father, for the first time as he bears the sins of humanity. It’s like a kid who is lost and begins to panic. This is pure agony.

It was here, in this garden late at night, that we all were saved when Jesus decided once and for all to take our wrath upon himself. Prayer won the day.

Note that the disciples were no help at all in supporting their leader here.

Peter failed Jesus because he failed to watch and pray. Jesus warns him here, but he fails to take heed.

Note that Jesus prayed the same prayer repeatedly. This means we are to do the same. Pray with all your heart the same prayer.

Note Jesus did not flee. He met the challenge head-on. As should we meet all of our challenges.

Jesus would finish the work he had started. Praise, God Almighty!

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