Garden of Gethsemane.
Spirit Indeed is Willing,
the Flesh is Weak
- "Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place
called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here,
while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the
two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
- Then saith he unto them,
My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here,
and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on
his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as
thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them
asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me
one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation:
the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
- He went away again the
second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may
not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And
he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time,
saying the same words.
- Then cometh he to his
disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest:
behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into
the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at
hand that doth betray me." (Matthew 26:36-46 kjv)
- The Gospel
According to JOHN
Apostle John is believed to have written this book about the
year A.D. 90 in the city of Ephesus in Asia. John's name is never
mentioned in the book, but it is assumed that he is referring
to himself when he speaks of the disciple "whom Jesus loved"
and who leaned against the bosom of Jesus (John 13:23; 20:2).
He and the Apostle James were the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus
surnamed them the "sons of thunder" (Mark 3:17) and
included them in the "inner circle" of apostles (Matthew
17:1; Mark 5:37; Luke 8:51). Jesus also entrusted His aged mother
to John (John 19:26, 27). John was the first of the disciples
to believe that Jesus rose from the dead (John 20:8) and the
first to recognize Him on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (John
This account of Jesus' life is very different from the
Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). The purpose of this
Gospel, stated near the end of the book (John 20:30, 31), is
to present the signs and wonders that Jesus performed so that
those who read it will believe that He is "the Christ, the
Son of God." Each of the incidents recorded in the Gospel
of John is specifically included to prove that Jesus is indeed
the Son of God.
The literary style is simple and easy to understand. Each
incident and discourse of Jesus is treated as an isolated event
or statement, rather than being incorporated into an overall
framework. The same majestic truths that appear in the other
Gospels are repeated in intricate parallelisms.
Several miracles mentioned in the Gospel of John are not
referred to in the other Gospels: Jesus' turning the water into
wine (John 2:1-12); the healing of the nobleman's son (John 4:46
-54); the healing of the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda (John
5:1 -9); the healing of the blind man (John 9:1 -7); the raising
of Lazarus (John 11:38 - 44); and the second drought of fishes
(John 21:4 - 6).
The Gospel of John allows us to determine the approximate
length of Jesus' public ministry (about three and one-half years)
by the number of times that Passover was celebrated (John 2:23;
The Gospel of John may be divided into the following chronological
portions: the preexistence of Christ (John 1:1-18); His first
year of ministry (John 1: 19 - 4 :54); His popularity during
the second year (chap. 5); the opposition against Him in His
third year of ministry (John 6:1 -12:11); the passion week (John
12:12 -19:42); and the forty days following His resurrection
(chaps. 20; 21). [Source for Introduction of chapter:
Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV edited by Spiros Zodhiates,
Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422]