Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:36-46

In this passage, Jesus takes His disciples to the garden at Gethsemane, a secret place away from the world where the most important prayers in the history of the world are to be prayed - and a place where, in their future, the apostles will look back to as a time when they were witnesses as disciples of the Christ.

Why did Jesus want the disciples to go with Him to the garden?

Peter's denial foretold

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:31-35

Following the Last Supper, Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn (yes, Jesus can sing) and departed for the Mount of Olives. On the way to the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 26:32 that they will all deny Him "tonight".

The word Jesus uses, according to the King James version of the Bible, is "offended," a word which is better translated as "confused."

The Last Supper

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:17-30

Chronologically, the Last Supper follows the betrayal of Jesus by disciple Judas Iscariot. Interestingly, Matthew - a former tax collector at the time he was called to be a disciple by Jesus - was the only one in the Gospels to give an exact amount to Jesus' betrayal - 30 pieces of silver.

Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:14-16

Jesus and the disciples are still in Bethany, where Mary anoints Jesus with an alabaster box full of precious perfume.

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