“STAY AND KEEP WATCH WITH ME
The Maker of Heaven and earth was overwhelmed with sorrow. The weight of Him who knew no sin becoming sin and baring the wrath of His Father in Heaven for our sake had distressed and tormented Him to the point of death. The reality of the harmonious unity which existed and still exists today between the Trinity would not be for that moment in time as Holiness would not commune with Sin. In that moment Jesus sought the encouragement and the fellowship of His fellow disciples and friends, Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. The only request that our Lord and Savior has requested was “Stay” on His behalf at the hardest crossroad, where Heavenly Purpose met human frailty. In the scriptures below our Lord asks of His disciples to “Stay and Keep watch with Him” three times. Anytime scripture repeats a certain word or phrase more than one time, there is a call to take heed to that specific point. The sorrow that our Lord and Savior experienced was to the point of death that the capillaries on His forehead broke and He was sweating sweats of blood. His disciples were given an opportunity to Minister to their Rabbi by keeping watch with Him and they slept and missed it. I love how God still gave Jesus what He needed during His time of distress and gave Him encouragement to do the will of His Father in Heaven. He sent and angel to minister to Him (Luke 22:42-44). The bible does not give a lot of details of what the angel did or said to Jesus, but that He strengthened Him in His loneliness. He was alone in His suffering starting in the Garden of Gethsemane. I know we are not to add or take away from the Living word of God, but we could entertain what the angel might have said or done. It touched my heart that maybe like Matt said, the angel lifted Jesus’s head and pointed Him to Jerusalem where His Temple was where the veil still separated His people from their Heavenly Father. He was the only one who could tare that veil down in the middle and reconcile His people to their Maker. Jesus also asked them to pray and keep watch so that they would not be tempted. They Slept and when they woke up it was already too late. The hour had come.
None of us have faced the crucifix, but many of us have faced either cancer, sickness, bankruptcy, unemployment, divorce, death of a loved one, exile, betrayal, injustice, persecution, and many more trials and God has given those around us the opportunity to “stay,pray, and keep watch with us” and many don’t recognize them as opportunities to be a part of God’s purpose and miss them as His disciples did in the Garden of Gethsemane. Stay, Pray, and Keep Watch as those in the fiery furnace whose faith is being refined by it and being proved genuine. As you come alongside of those who are under the loving rod of God, walk with them, encourage them, and redirect or point them to Jesus Christ (who fully knows, intercedes, sympathizes with them, and who is the author and perfecter of their faith), your joy will be complete on the other side of the trial having bore their burden or fellowshipped in their suffering. It is gain for both parties.
When we miss in that calling of bearing in each other’s burden, staying, praying, keeping watch, or walking alongside of them, God’s purpose will still be done. He will send His angel from above or summon other people to do His strengthening so that those in the fiery furnace will be strengthened. Glory to Him who has not left us in our suffering. Jesus is always interceding on our behalf as He sits on the right hand of our Heavenly Father. I am thankful for all the new friends whom God has brought into this season of my life who have encouraged and strengthened me in Him. I love you and am thankful for you. Thank you for your courage and obedience of coming alongside of me. It has made my joy complete in Him. Awake Sleepers, Stay, Pray , and Keep Watch.
JESUS WILL ALWAYS PRAY,
AND KEEP WATCH WITH YOU
Prayer : Lord Jesus, whom shall I pray and keep watch with in their suffering?
Matthew 26:36-45: Gethsemane(NIV):
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.