The silence is broken

Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ Again he went away for the second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.’ Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’ (Matthew 26.40-46)

Torches appear amongst the trees

Torches appear amongst the trees

They were exhausted and despite being woken by Jesus and admonished by him on a number of occasions as the evening wore on, it was too much. They were meant to be with him, but they had already left him, as they would physically leave him in just a few moments.

They looked up – through the trees they could see the light of approaching torches and they could hear the noise of a crowd, but more than that, the noise of a mob. In the glade where they were, amongst the olive tree, they felt as though they were surrounded. They had been called by Jesus to ‘fish for people’ but now they were being hunted like animals. Then the words from Jesus came ‘See my betrayer is at hand’ and they looked up not knowing what, who to expect.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


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