“Then He said to them, ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with me” (Mathew 26:38).
Jesus asked His disciples to stay there and watch with Him. But the disciples failed to do so and rather slept. Seeing this, Jesus told Peter “What! Could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mathew 26:40, 41).
Jesus told these words when they were in the Garden of Gethsemane. That was a time of agony. Jesus had foreseen that in a short time he was going to be caught and the disciples were going to face very big tests and tribulations and only to make them stay prepared, He had asked them to stay and watch with Him.
But the disciples went to sound sleep. So, when the time of the test and tribulation came they were not able to withstand the situation. Many slid back and went away from Christ. The reason for their defeat is that they failed to stay with Jesus Christ. Is it not?
You also may face such tests and tribulations. Jesus never said that those who follow Him will never face such tribulations. Instead, the Scripture says: “In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33) and “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (II Timothy 3:12).
When Jesus Christ lived in this world, He was very simple and experienced lot of sufferings. We read in Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” He was tempted in every way as you are. So, He is the one to sympathise for you.
Jesus was always with His Father and that was why He was able to overcome all the tests. He went and prayed in the early mornings. He prayed for the entire night. He went to a lonely place of wilderness and prayed. He went to the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed.
Dear children of God, when you stay with Jesus, He will give you all the power to overcome the tests and tribulations. Staying with God alone is a blessing for you.
To meditate: “Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold me by my right hand” (Psalm 73:23).