Daily Scriptures

Thursday, April 17: Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?


He Set His FaceThe last days of Jesus' earthly life are filled with significant events and teachings. During these weeks leading up to Easter, we'll travel with Jesus toward Jerusalem and his crucifixion, marveling at his determination to finally fulfill his destiny as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Read Mark 14:32-42

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," he said to them. "Stay here and keep watch."

Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. "Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to Peter, "are you asleep? Couldn't you keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

Returning the third time, he said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!"



This story reveals that though Jesus was fully God, he was at the same time fully human. His journey to the cross was agonizing. It also shows the full humanity of Jesus' disciples in how they fell asleep at one of the pinnacles in all history. How do you think this made Jesus feel? Have you ever felt let down by your closest friends or family members?


Let this story remind you that Jesus knows both the heights and the depths of human emotion. He knows what it feels like to be let down, to be betrayed, to be abandoned by those he loved. Thank him today that he always knows how you feel, that he can always empathize, that there is nothing you ever have to explain to him.