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Jesus and the Three Disciples in Gethsemane.

Jesus and the Three Disciples in Gethsemane.

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"Then came he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now
and take your rest ; behold the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands
of sinners. Rise, let us be going."— Matthew xxvi : 45, 46.

"Then came he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now
and take your rest ; behold the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands
of sinners. Rise, let us be going."— Matthew xxvi : 45, 46.

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JESUS AD THE THREE DISCIPLES I GETHSEMAE. BY RICHARD FULLER "Then came he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now and take your rest ; behold the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going."— Matthew xxvi : 45, 46. ALL profound feelings love solitude. Alone we came into the world, alone we must leave it; and between these two events we are are alone in our deepest experi- ences even from childhood. It is, however, especially in hours of spiritual conflict and depression that the soul recoils into lonely places, seeking to escape from the world, to commune with its own thoughts, in secret to weep and to spread before God those supplications which are the instinctive cry of a burdened spirit. The hour of his passion is now at hand ; and rising from the table on which they had partaken of that memorable supper, Jesus conducts his apostles towards the brook Cedron. Over this rivulet David passed, barefoot and weeping, when flying from his own son. — The Son of God now crosses it to drink the cup which his Father was about to give him. Arriving at Geth- semane, he leaves eight of his disciples among the trees which skirt the garden, saying to them, "bit ye here, while I go and pray yonder/' When ascending mount Moriah to offer up Isaac, Abraham said to his j T oung men, " Abide ye here, and I and the lad will go yonder and worship;" he calls the act "worship" because true homage to God is the immolation of what is dearest to Jesus and the three Disciples in Gethsemane. 69 our hearts. And now, when the Kedeemer is about to begin the great sacrifice, he applies the word prayer to
this sublime offering of himself to God. His humanity craving sympathy, he takes with him the three disciples whom he most loved, and who had been with him on the mount of transfiguration; thus consecrating Christian fellowship as a source of consola- tion in sorrow, as well as of delight in our spiritual joys. Soon, however, these cherished friends mast be left behind ; for the most congenial and loving can go but a little way with us in our bitterest trials. It was a support to the three Hebrews that they were together and could encourage one another ; but we must enter our most fiery furnace alone, with no companionship of earthly sympathy. To the eight from whom he had separated before, his words were, "Sit ye here while I go and pray yonder." To Peter and James and John he gives a very different charge; he says, "Tarry ye here, and watch with me." And having thus spoken, he leaves them, and moves on beyond the reach of mortal voice or eye; there, alone in the darkness, to bow beneath his mys- terious agony, and with strong crying and tears to pour out a soul already "exceeding sorrowful, even unto death."' " I know," says some writer, "but two beautiful things in the whole universe, the starry sky above our heads and the sense of duty within our hearts." Beneath that so- lemn canopy and with a spirit braving for us anguish be- yond all conception — anguish which caused his human- ity to quail and cry out for pity — this solitary victim dis- appears in the thickest shades of Olivet. Without pur- suing the narrative farther, I come at once to the passage in that scene which is described in our text, and upon it I offer you a reflection or two. I. And, first, I remark that the Son of Man is still be- trayed by those who are among his professed disciples. The perfidy of Judas Iscariot fills us with horror. For centuries he has occupied the highest eminence of infamy.
His very name is so loathsome that the most abandoned wretch would shrink from bearing it. And out of all the multitudes who have ever lived upon the earth, of him 70 Richard Fuller's Sermons. only do we certainly know that he has passed to a doom fearful and eternal ; for he was " the son of perdition;" and referring to him, Jesus said, "It had been good for that man that he had not been born ; language which, of course, declares that his is "everlasting punishment,"  — for no matter how long a man may suffer, if afterwards he enters heaven, an eternity of happiness will infinitely counterbalance his past wretchedness, and it will be im- measurably belter for him that he had been born. It is impossible to think of the time or place which witnessed the treachery of this apostate, without being shocked at his baseness. The time; for when was it that he consented to the suggestions of his evil heart and commenced the execution of his detestable purpose ? It was while Jesus was engaged in setting before his apos- tles the most affecting memorials of his disinterested and devoted love. Whether Judas participated in the Eucharist is a controversy into which I do not enter; he certainly partook of the Paschal love-feast, and heard Jesus utter those melting farewell words, " With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suf- fer ; for I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God." At the board spread with so touching a repast Judas was present, and it was then that he opened his whole soul to the de- mon. While the other apostles are dissolved in tears, while their hearts are wrung with sorrow, he is revolving his dark design, maturing his horrible perfidy; and leaving the chamber, he goes to the chief priests offering to betray the Kedeemer to them.

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