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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
87

Having sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Then Jesus said to them,
"You will all fall away from me on this night;
for it has been written:

I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.

But after I am raised, I will lead you to Galilee."

Simon Peter asked him, "Lord, where are you going?"

Jesus answered, "Where I am going
you cannot follow me now, but you will follow later."

Peter said to him, "Lord, why can't I follow you now?
Even if everyone falls away from you, yet I will not."

Jesus said to him, "Amen, I tell you
that today on this night before the cock crows
you will deny knowing me three times."

Peter spoke with greater emphasis,
"Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you."
All the disciples said the same thing.

Jesus said, "Simon, Simon, look,
Satan demanded to sift you like wheat;
but I begged for you so that your faith might not fail;
and when you have returned, support your brothers."

He said to them,
"When I sent you without purse and wallet and sandals,
were you lacking anything?"

They said, "Nothing."

He said to them, "But now
whoever has a purse let him take it, likewise also a wallet,
and whoever does not have one
let him sell his clothes and buy a sword.
For I tell you
that what has been written must be completed in me:

And he was counted with transgressors;

for the thing about me has an end."

They said, "Lord, look, here are two swords."

He said to them, "It is sufficient."

Across the ravine of Kidron
they came to a garden called Gethsemane,
and he said to his disciples,
"Sit here while I go over there to pray."

Taking along Peter and James and John with him
he began to be sad and anxious.
Then he said to them, "My soul is sorrowful till death;
stay here and keep awake with me.
Pray not to enter into temptation."

Going forward about a stone's throw away from them
he fell upon the ground and prayed
that if it was possible the hour might pass away from him,
saying, "Abba, Father, all things are possible with you;
if you choose, remove this cup from me;
nevertheless, not what I will, but let your will be done."

He came to his disciples
and found them sleeping from the sorrow,
and he said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep?
Were you not able to keep awake with me for one hour?
Keep awake; stand up and pray,
lest you enter into temptation;
the spirit is eager, but the flesh is weak."

Going away again a second time he prayed saying,
"My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it,
let your will be done."

Coming again he found them sleeping,
for their eyes were weighed down,
and they did not know what they should answer him.

Leaving them again he went away and prayed a third time,
saying the same word again.
An angel from heaven appeared to him strengthening him.
Being in agony he prayed more fervently,
and his sweat was like drops of blood
falling down upon the ground.

Standing up from the prayer he came to his disciples
and said to them, "Sleep the remainder and rest up;
it is enough; the hour has come;
look, the human son is given over into the hands of sinners.
Rise, let us go;
look, the one giving me over has drawn near."

87. Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial Harmony 87 * Interpretation 87
88. Judas Gives Over Jesus to Arrest Harmony 88 * Synthesis 88 * Interpretation 88

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