(Mark 14:32-42 ESV)
Here he was, at the end of his earthly ministry, and he knew that life was soon going to become very rough for him and he was scared.
That's what it means you know... when it says that he became greatly distressed... he was scared! It was going to be hard to be questioned, beaten, mocked, carry a cross, and then to die.
So he did what people do, he gathered his people about him.
And, taking those closest to him, went off a bit further went off a bit further.
He told those closest to him "I'm greatly distressed and troubled, stay here while I go off to pray".
He wanted them to care.
He wanted them to know how upset, scared and bothered his soul was.
And they fell asleep.
They most likely didn't really want to.
They loved and cared for Christ.
He needed them.
And they kept falling asleep.
When he queried them on why they couldn't stay awake they had no answer for him.
How alone Jesus must have felt.
To need his people, and have them not be available to him. Showing their love and concern for him.
Do you know something though?
Jesus wasn't completely alone.
He was still able to pray to his Father God.
Still able to commune with him.
Even though his people let him down, they didn't refuse to go with him.
They didn't refuse to set awhile and wait for him as he prayed.
They for whatever reason where unable to keep their eyes open, but they were still there.
He wasn't all alone.
Makes me think of how even when I feel all alone at times, that I REALLY am not ALL alone.
I can still pray.
I can still reach out and connect with people.
Jesus was SO human... and it's okay to be human. To be afraid, to want your people close, to need to talk to "a higher power". God is real and present and he is always available to us.
It's okay to be like Jesus... afraid, alone, in need of more. Shall we not be like him and turn to the Lord God in our time of need?