A gentle smile, an encouraging hand on the shoulder can offer surcease of sorrow. If one has a friend. Our Savior took three with Him to the Garden. Yet His grief was exacerbated by the fact that no one gave Him a smile or an encouraging hand on the shoulder. Spurgeon calls Jesus’ time in Gethsemane the “acute mental torture from the shame of [ignominy] through which He had to pass”. Peter, James, John were there, could have, should have, did not. They were asleep.
“What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?” Matthew 26:40
How ironic that in these last days Christians look around and wonder why America is failing. We live in days when drive-thru church is the rule not the exception. An hour is too much time to take out of a weekend to sit and listen to someone’s sermon. Worship? Woe upon woe to spend another hour in worship. Charles Swindoll said it this way, “We worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship.” A Dirt Clod I know said it this way, “That just ain’t right”.
Our Savior spent hours on that cross and three days in the depths of the earth. “Could you not watch with Me one hour?” It’s time to wake up now. Or as the five maidens who had oil would say to the five who had none, “She who snoozes loses”.