Matthew 26:31-46
Introduction:

Interrogative: Ever wonder what we miss when we fall asleep (spiritually)?

By falling asleep I speak of the times that we are disconnected from what God is wanting to say and teach us.

Context:

  • 26:1-13 – The Plot to Arrest Jesus
  • 26:14-16 – Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
  • 26:17-30 – Jesus Celebrates the Passover with His Disciples the Institutes the Last Supper


Jesus’ teaching just prior to above events?

  • 25:1-13 – The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
  • 25:14-30 – The Parable of the Talents
  • 25:31-46 – The Son of Man will Judge the Nations

Location: Gethsemane: gath, a press, and shemen, oil. Probably the place where the produce of the mount of Olives was prepared for use. The garden of the oil-press.

  1. ‘Sit Here While I go Over There’ – 26:36

‘Stay in this place, while I go over there.’

Application: Jesus will always be close, but he may not always seem present or may seem distant!

Application: ‘But stay here (there).’

Application: Even spirit-filled, dunamis empowered believers…yet we want to run away every time we are pressed!

  • We decide to move (fall asleep) when we are offended!
  • We decide to give up (fall asleep) when we feel spent!
  • We choose to ignore (fall asleep) the prompting of the Holy Spirit when it isn’t convenient!

Maybe we are falling asleep when God is wanting to show us or teach us something about ourselves, others, Himself, and the Kingdom! – MH

It is that most violent of squeezing’s when the best and purist oil is produced! – MH


Transition
: Let me move on to a second consideration.

2. Took with Him Peter and (James and John) 26:37

Why these three? Any special reason? Maybe not but maybe! But let’s look at it anyway.

  • Peter who has just pledged his allegiance and even confesses willing of martyrdom.
  • ‘Sons of Thunder’

Interrogative: Could it be that those most invested, most dedicated; those with particular, significant and specific ministerial responsibilities, are those being warned the most?

Application: Those who maybe thought they had the ‘upper hand’ were those most vulnerable?

1 Corinthians 10:12 ‘Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’. (NKJ)

histemi {his’-tay-mee} Meaning:  1) to cause or make to stand, to place, put, set 1a) to bid to stand by, [set up] 1a1) in the presence of others, in the midst, before judges, before members of the Sanhedrin; 1a2) to place 1b) to make firm, fix establish 1b1) to uphold or sustain the authority or force of.

3. Although we have our ‘rather,’ there is also a place of surrender.

Interrogative: How often have we ‘ratherd’ things be different?

  • Usually we’d rather things be easier!
  • Usually we’d rather things not take so long!
  • Usually we’d rather someone else do it for us!
  • Usually we’d rather not be included all together!

Interrogative: But what is God’s will? Does doing/fulfilling God’s will matter to us?

Application: When we choose to take a nap or fall asleep when it comes to God’s will, we are missing the potential, the purpose and the fulfillment of God’s best!


Transition:
Three times Jesus finds them asleep! In verse 42 we find the polar opposites of the human tendency vs. spiritual opportunity.

4. Human Tendency vs. Spiritual Opportunity – 26:41

Watch = gray-gor-yo = give strict attention to, be cautions, active.

Pray

Temptation – experiment, attempt, trial, proving. The trial of one’s fidelity, integrity, virtue and constancy.

[The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak] Your inclinations are good-ye are truly sincere; but your good purposes will be overpowered by your timidity. Ye wish to continue steadfast in your adherence to your Master; but your fears will lead you to desert him,

Transition/Conclusion: After all this…he asks, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting?’ – 26:45


Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:5-14 
English Standard Version (ESV)

The Lord’s Prayer

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.