Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-46)

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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READER 1 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives,
READER 2 and his disciples followed him.
READER 3 and his disciples followed him.
READER 1 On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."
READER 2 Pray
READER 3 Pray
READER 2 Pray
READER 1 That you will not enter into temptation."
READER 2 That temptation will not sway you,
READER 3 That temptation will not entice you,
READER 2 That you will not enter into it.
READER 1 Jesus withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed,
READER 2 He knelt down.
READER 3 He prayed.
READER 1 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."
READER 2 Father
READER 3 My Father
READER 2 Father, how comforting it is to call you "Father" when all is crashing down around me.
READER 1 Take this cup from me.
READER 2 Take this mission, this task, from me.
READER 3 Take the specter of the cross from me.
READER 1 The pain
READER 2 The loneliness
READER 3 The spiritual burden
READER 2 The desolation
READER 3 Take this cup from me.
READER 1 If it's possible
READER 2 If you can find it in your plan
READER 3 If you're willing
READER 1 Not my will
READER 2 But yours
READER 1 Not my revulsion from what I see before me
READER 3 But your will for my life
READER 1 Not my will
READER 2 But yours be done
READER 1 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
READER 2 An angel
READER 3 An angel from heaven
READER 1 Appeared to him
READER 2 Strengthened him in his intense spiritual struggle.
READER 1 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly,
READER 2 Anguish!
READER 3 Prayer!
READER 1 And his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
READER 2 Sweat poured off him as he labored in prayer.
READER 3 Anguish.
READER 2 Prayer.
READER 1 When he rose from prayer
READER 2 And went back to the disciples,
READER 3 He found them asleep,
READER 1 Exhausted from sorrow.
READER 2 Worn down by sorrow.
READER 3 Wiped out.
READER 1 "Why are you sleeping?" he asked them.
READER 2 Don't sleep!
READER 3 "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."
READER 1 Arise
READER 2 Pray
READER 3 That you will not enter into temptation.

Copyright © 2020, Ralph F. Wilson. <pastor@joyfulheart.com> All rights reserved. A single copy of this article is free. Do not put this on a website. See legal, copyright, and reprint information.

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