The Need for Companionship
Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. "Could you men not 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 body is weak." Matthew 26:40-41, NIV
Jesus wanted His disciples to sit with Him. He wasn’t asking for them to take His place. He didn’t want sympathy. He didn’t even ask them to pray for Him, although I’m sure it would have been appreciated. He asked them to sit with Him, and to pray for themselves.
I wonder if that’s why God inspired Paul to write “bear with one another” later in Scriptures? Perhaps, since Jesus Himself knew the need for that companionship, He wanted us to give it to each other.
Where would you be without people to “hang out” with you? Aren’t there times when you just aren’t much fun to be around? What would happen if those who love you decided not to put up with you during those times? Thank God for Christian friends who “bear with” us during the difficult times of our life, when we are less than loveable.
Jesus had made some real friends with the disciples. This was the roughest time of His earthly ministry. He wanted His friends to be there for Him. Later on in this 26th chapter of Matthew we read that the disciples deserted Jesus. Here we find them asleep on the job. Can I ask you a question? Where would you have been when Jesus needed you?
More importantly, where are you today? Can Jesus depend on you?