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be, and do not live in any known When thou shalt in thy kingdom come, sin ; by no means forbear to go to Jesus, remember me ! this ordinance, as often as you have an opportunity; and depend upon God's blessing, and an increase of his grace.—Wilson.
| LXXXIV. Peter answered and said unto him, though all men shall be offended because CHAP. XXVI. 36–46. of thee, yet will I never be offended.Peter said unto him though I should
Christ prayeth in the garden. die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. 36 T " Then cometh Jesus Likewise also said all the disciples.
u the disciples. | with them unto a place called Preserve me, O Lord, from a
Gethsemane, and saith unto the presumptuous opinion, and dependence on my own strength, without
disciples, Sit ye here, while I the aids of thy grace. Let me see,
go and pray yonder. in this sad instance, my weakness | 37 And he took with him without thy assistance, and my Peter and 'the two sons of ruin without thy help.—Wilson. Zebedee, and began to be sor
rowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, This do in remembrance of me. Luke xxii. 19.
* My soul is exceeding sorrowAccording to thy gracious word,
ful, even unto death : tarry ye In meek humility,
here, and watch with me. This will I do, my dying Lord, I will remember Thee,
39 And he went a little farThy body, broken for my sake,
ther, and fell on his face, and My bread from heaven shall be ; 'prayed, saying, “ O my Father, Thy testamental cup I take, And thus remember Thee.
if it be possible, " let this cup
pass from me: nevertheless Gethsemane can I forget! Or there thy conflict see,
'not as I will, but as thou wilt. Thine agony and bloody sweat,
40 And he cometh unto the And not remember Thee ?
disciples, and findeth them When to the cross I turn mine eyes, asleep, and saith unto Peter,
And rest on Calvary,
What, could ye not watch with
me one hour ? Remember Thee, and all thy pains,
41 ' Watch and pray, that And all thy love to me;
| ye enter not into temptation : Yea, while a breath, a pulse, remains, Will I remember Thee!
the spirit indeed is willing, but
the flesh is weak. And when these failing lips grow dumb, And mind and mem'ry flee,
42 He went away again the
second time, and prayed, say- | namely, Peter and the two sons of ing, O my Father, if this cup Zebedee, i. e. Peter, and James, and
John. may not pass away from me,
It is remarkable that our blessed except I drink it, thy will be
Saviour, in his prayer, repeated the done.
same words, or nearly so, three 43 And he came and found times successively ;-a proof that them asleep again : for their “ repetition” in prayer is not · eyes were heavy.
“ vain ” when it proceeds from ear44 And he left them, and nestness of feeling, or exists together went away again, and prayed
with truth and sincerity of devotion.
In ver. 45, the words “Sleep on the third time, saying the same,
now and take your rest” may be words.
translated interrogatively, as an ex45 Then cometh he to his
pression of surprise or reproof. disciples, and saith unto them, “Do ye still sleep and take your Sleep on now, and take your rest ?” Luther's translation is to rest : behold, the hour is at this effect. hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
READER. He began to be sorrow46 Rise, let us be going : ful, and very heavy. Then saith he behold, he is at hand that doth unto them, My soul is exceeding sorbetray me.
rowful, even unto death. Hence we may learn how much we ought to hate sin, which arms the law, jus
tice, and power of God against us. Reader. “The place called Geth- As hateful as it is unto God, so semane," mentioned in this most hateful it is itself; for he judgeth solemn and affecting portion of the uprightly, he seeth things just as sacred narrative, was a garden, or they are, without passion, prejudice, plantation of trees, for the most or partiality; and as hateful as it part, probably, olive trees. The is itself, so hateful should it be name denotes an olive press, i. e. a unto us, as the only ground of our press for extracting oil from the misery, of the creature's vanity, and olive.
of God's dishonour. We see it is We observe that our blessed Lord so hateful unto God that he will took with him on this occasion the most certainly be avenged of it. If three disciples who had been taken he spare me, yet he will not spare apart from the others to witness the my sins, though his own beloved raising of the ruler's daughter, and Son must be punished for it. Oh the transfiguration on the Mount; / then, why should that be light to
me which was as heavy as a mill- / who had the strength of the Deity stone to the soul of Christ ? Why to support him, the fulness of the should that be my pleasure, which Spirit to sanctify and prepare him, was his suffering ? Why that be the message of an angel to comfort upon a throne with me which was him, the relation of a beloved Son on a cross with him? Why should to refresh him, the voice of his I allow that to be really in me, Father from heaven testifying unto which the Lord so severely punish- him that he was heard in that he ed when the guilt thereof was but feared, the assurance of an ensuing imputed to his Son ? Many sins glory and victory to encourage him, there are which [some] esteem as —which made, I say, even the Son of light and venial. But, however, God himself, notwithstanding all let us not dare esteem that a light these abatements, to pray, with thing, for which Christ died. And strong cries and bloody drops and woful had it been for men, if Christ woful conflicts of the soul, against had not, in his body on the tree, the cup of his Father's wrath.— carried as well the guilt of our idle REYNOLDS. words, our vain thoughts, our loose O my Father, if it be possible, let and impertinent actions, as of our this cup pass from me; nevertheless not oaths, execrations, and blasphemies. as I will, but as thou wilt.-If it be If great sins were as the spear and objected, that Christ's death was nails, certainly small sins were as against his own will for he exceedthe thorns which pierced his head. ingly feared it (Heb. v. 7.), and And therefore we should learn, with prayed earnestly against it, as a David, to hate every evil way, be- thing contrary to his will,--to this cause God hates it, and suffers it I answer, that all this doth 'not not to pass unpunished ; to revenge hinder, but commend his willingness the quarrel of Christ against those and obedience. Consider him in lusts of ours which nailed him to private as a man, of the same his cross, and to crucify them for natural affections, desires and abhim again ; and for that end was horrences with other men; and Christ crucified, “that our old man consider the cup as it was, a very might be crucified with him, that bitter cup;—and so he most justly the body of sin might be destroyed, feared and declined it, as knowing that henceforth we should not that it would be a most woful and a serve sin.” Rom. vi. 6.—REYNOLDS. | heavy combat which he was entering
Oh, what a condition will that upon. But consider him in his pubman be in, who must stand, or lic relation, as a Mediator, a surety, rather everlastingly sink and be a merciful and faithful High Priest, crushed, under the weight of that —and so he most willingly and wrath against sin which amazed and obediently submitted unto it. And made heavy unto death the soul of this willingness, by reason of his Christ himself;—which made him | office, was much the greater, because
· under ingly sink Stand, or ;
by reason of his nature, his will have saved man: yet we are bound could not but shrink from it. It is to adore this means, as being by easy to be willing in such a service him selected out of that infinite as is suitable to our natural condition treasure of his own counsel, as most and affections ; but when nature convenient to set forth his wondershall necessarily shrink, sweat, ful hatred of sin, his inexorable startle, and stand amazed at a justice and severity against it, his service, then not to repent nor unsearchable riches of love and decline, nor fling off the burden, mercy towards sinners, and in all but with submission of heart to lie things to make way to the manifestdown under it, this is, of all others, ation of his glory. But further to the greatest obedience. It was the show forth his own power, which voice of nature, and the presence of had strength to stand under all this the just and implanted desires of punishment of sin, and at last to the flesh to say, “Let it pass from shake it off, and to declare himself me;" it was the retraction of mercy to be the Son of God by the resurand duty to say, “ Glorify thyself.” rection from the dead, Rom. i. 4. “Whatever my nature desires, For, though Christ did exceedingly whatever my will declines, whatever fear, and for that seems to decline becomes of me, yet still glorify and pray against these his sufferthyself, and save thy church: if it ings; yet not out of jealousy or cannot otherwise be, then, by suspicion that he should not break drinking this bitter cup, thy will be through them. But he feared them done.”—Reynolds.
as being pains unavoidable, which ,0 my Father, if this cup may not he was most certain to suffer; and pass away from me except I drink it, as pains very heavy and grievous thy will be done.—The Scripture which he should not overcome giveth principally these reasons why without much bitterness, and very Christ suffered these things :—to woful conflict.- REYNOLDS. execute the decree of his Father, Thy will be done.—It is the desire Acts iv. 27, 28 ; – to fulfil the of a Christian, that his own will prophecies, prefigurations, and pre- may be annihilated, and the will of dictions, of holy Scriptures, Luke God placed in its room ; that he xxiv. 46 ;—to magnify his mercy may have no will but God's; that and free love to sinners and most he may be altogether subject both impotent enemies, Rom. v. 8;—to to God's commanding and his declare the righteousness and truth working will, to do what he of God against sin, who would not commands, and to be heartily be reconciled with sinners but upon content with what he does. And a legal expiation, Rom. iii. 25. He who taught us to pray, “Thy For although we may not limit the will be done on earth as it is in unsearchable wisdom and ways of heaven” gives us his own example God, as if he could no other ways in this. He did the will of his
Father indeed as it is done in souls may never find us off our heaven, and he came to the earth guard, or from under thy protecfor that purpose: “Then said he, tion !_Wilson. . Lo, I come, to do thy will, O God." And he left them and went away And, in that great and most painful again, and prayed the third time, saypart of his work, “Not my will, but ing the same words. O Jesus, great thine be done.” For our actions, fountain of all goodness! Who let his word be our guide; and for didst drink of the bitter cup which the events of things, and all that my sins had mingled! I am senconcerns us, let his good pleasure sible there was no sorrow like unto and wise disposing be our will. thy sorrow, which was done unto Let us give up the rudder of our thee, and wherewith the Lord aflife into his hand, to be steered by Aicted thee in the day of his fierce him.-Leighton.
anger. How was thy spirit disWatch and pray, that ye enter not turbed! How sore amazed was thy into temptation; the spirit indeed is soul! How dismayed thy mind! willing, but the flesh is weak. Sleep- To such an exceeding height of grief iness and idleness is the devil's and sorrow did the sense of the inopportunity to persuade us into sin. cumbent load of my sins, and the Had the disciples prayed, instead of prospect of calamities hanging over sleeping, it is possible they would my head, together with reflection not have fled when they saw danger on my unhappy condition, wind up nigh.—And hath not the devil pre- thy affections. Innumerable evils vailed with us by idleness? When | encompassed thee; thou sawest the we have taken our rest and ease, wrath of God flaming out against has not Satan thrown some ill my sin, and trembledst! Thou thoughts into our minds ? When stoodest before the mouth of hell we have not known how to spend | which I had deserved, and wast our time, has rot the enemy made astonished. Thou with thine own us to swallow the dangerous bait? heart's blood didst quench the wrath When we have stretched ourselves of heaven. How am I obliged to upon our couch, and indulged our adore thy love, O everlasting Faselves, have we not then felt our ther! What charity was it not to love to God decay, and our affec- spare thine own Son, but to deliver tions to the world increase, and our him up for us all! What pity and faculties to dissolve into vanity and compassion was it, 0 thou eternal voluptuousness, and contempt of Son of God, thus to pour forth thy better things ?-HORNECK. blood! What affection, what ten
Make us, O Lord, ever mindful derness to my soul, O thou eternal of our infirmities and backslidings, Spirit, hast thou expressed in inthat we may be more watchful and spiring my blessed Redeemer with more earnest for grace, for the time charity more than human, and in to come; that the adversary of our supporting him to undergo all pres