The Flesh Is Weak
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.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 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.” Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Here Jesus was in arguably His most difficult time on earth, and His buddies are taking a nap; they can’t stay awake to comfort Him, to support Him. So what does Jesus do? He warns Peter to watch out so that he doesn’t fall into temptation.
Even at this most difficult time, Jesus is concerned with other people and the battles they will face while confronting sin. Jesus knows that Peter will soon fall into temptation and deny that he even knew Jesus; but still He warns him.
We would be wise to take Jesus’ warning to heart today, for ourselves in our own struggles and our own lives, “Watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
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