We would go through sensory overload if we had just a scintilla of the stress and the press that he was involved in as he entered the garden. Because again, he knew the opportunity, he saw the opposition; yet he faced it. And I don’t want to go into the prayer too much, but Jesus even said, “God, if it’s your will, may this whole situation pass from me.” Yet Jesus knew it was the will of God.
So here is what he did. Let’s pick up this text, because this is some cool stuff right here. Matthew 26:36. “Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
He basically said, “You guys sit here, Peter, James and John. The other eight of you stay by the gate. But you three just sit here while I go over here and pray.
Verse 37-38, “He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’”
So first he says, “Sit.” Then he says, “Keep watch.” And then he tells them just to pray.
Well take a wild guess at what Peter, James and John, these phenomenal stand-up guys were doing. They weren’t sitting; they were not watching, and they sure weren’t praying. They were sleeping. They were sleeping. And that’s just crazy, isn’t it?
So they’re asleep. And Jesus, at the most critical and crucial hour of his life, is troubled. He is in that press and he sweated drops of blood. He knew what was going to happen. He is in this situation that we cannot even comprehend; the whole sin of the universe and everything was upon him. And here we have Peter, James and John sawing logs.