Jesus knew he was about to be betrayed and die and needed some much needed time out to fight his human battles with his fate. He also needed the company of the his mates, who he had forewarned of the coming events. It was after the big meal of the Passover. Full tummies and after a long day they were drowsy and nodded off as Jesus fought alone. What I want to know is, someone must have been awake to record Jesus’ words, who was it? Maybe Jesus disturbed them dozing rather then sleeping as he saw their eyes were heavy. Each time someone heard his words. How did they sleep and hear, or was it a drowsy record of half understood words. How COULD they sleep at such a time? Or was there one with them, maybe Matthew who stayed with Jesus and is the silent witness to it all. Anyone else got any ideas?
Gethsemane in Matthew
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.
Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping.“Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”