A familiar, but often sidelined, passage of Scripture…
(1) Fervent prayer is unanswered
(2) Mental agony is experienced
(3) Serious weakness is recognized
(4) Trusted companions fail to help
None of this caused by personal sin.
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This is, of course, about Jesus. (See Luke 22:39-46.)
(1) “Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup¹ [public execution] from me.” The Father wasn’t. The big picture of what was required Divine salvation for many people, not just protection for one individual, called for this. And not to be ignored is Jesus’ acceptance of His Father’s overriding will: “yet not My will, but Thine be done.”
(2) Jesus was “in agony.”
(3) Unexpected help from heaven, “an angel,” appeared to “strengthen” Him, but not to answer His request.
(4) His companions for three years were of no help. “He…found them sleeping from sorrow.”
¹ This is from the New American Standard Bible (NASB). Words in this translation, and any translation, profit from closer examination than what’s casually offered–as here.