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A Call to Stand Apart, Page 47

hearing, and collapsed on the ground. As a human being He began to suffer the results of humanity’s sin.66The Desire of Ages, 685, 686.

Jesus and Satan had met in deadly conflict in the wilderness three years before at the beginning of His earthly ministry, and there He overcame. Now the tempter comes for one final, fearful assault. Everything is at stake for him. If he fails this time, his hope of becoming the master of the world will be gone. In His agony Jesus clings to the cool ground as if to stop Himself from being drawn any farther from the Father, and from His lips comes the cry, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Matthew 26:39.

Every human being desires sympathy in times of suffering. Jesus longed for sympathy too. In His time of ultimate agony, He came to His disciples for their comfort. He had always supported them in their troubles, and He longed to know they were praying for Him. He staggered over to the place where He had left them, only to find all three of them asleep. Earlier, as Jesus warned them of the coming conflict, they had all assured Him they would willingly face prison or death on His behalf. Peter had added that even if all the rest of them failed, he would not.67Ibid., 686-688.

With incredible sadness Jesus wakened His sleeping disciples. Addressing Peter, Jesus asked, “Couldn’t you support me for just one hour? You are so willing, but also so weak.” Sorrowfully, Jesus turned aside to struggle on alone, and there He sweat drops of blood that fell to the ground to mingle with the dew.

“Again he went away for the second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.’” Matthew 26:42. The first reaction of the three disciples was to rush to His side, but they concluded they should do what He had asked them to do. So they prayed, then gradually slipped back to sleep. Later Jesus approached

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