What request did Jesus give to His disciples in verse 34? Why did He want them to keep watch for Him? While we always think about the physical suffering Christ endured at the crucifixion we often forget about the emotional pain of moments like the one in today’s reading. That might be the key reason why Christ wanted them with Him. Think about it. He was betrayed by Judas, whom He had loved for three years. He was really hurting and told those close to Him that He was “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” He asked those who were close to Him to pray for Him during this very emotional time. They not only failed to pray for Him, but fell asleep two times. When He needed their support and encouragement, they failed. Have you ever felt like Christ must have felt at that moment? You may have been really discouraged and needed prayer and support, but no one seemed to care. It is a great comfort that Christ knows exactly how you feel. When no one else cares, He always does. He is never too busy or too weary to help. He is always available. Are you? Who needs your encouragement?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?