“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” (Matthew 26:36-40)?
The Lord Jesus was at the worst crisis of His life on earth, the forsaking of God while He was punished for sins that He did not commit—our sins. With the cross just hours away He asked His three closest disciples, Peter, James, and John, to watch with Him. Instead they fell asleep.
Let’s not be sleeping today as to the cross and the mighty work accomplished there by the Lord Jesus Christ. He says to us, “This do in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19).