27. "Initially, you're all going to respond very badly to what's about to happen to Me...in fact, each one of you is going to fall apart because of it," Jesus told them, bluntly. "I say this because there's a Scripture that states, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'
28. But after I have risen from the dead, I will go ahead of you into Galilee, and there we will open a new chapter in the story."
29. Peter blurted out, "I don't know about the rest of these guys, but I can assure you that if every one of them panics and deserts You, You can still count on me. I'm not like the rest of them...I'll never leave You...not even for even a minute!"
30. "Oh, buddy...I know that you think you mean that", Jesus answered, "but the truth is that today...actually tonight...before the first rooster crows twice, you're going to completely disown me three times."
31. But Peter emphatically insisted, "I don't think You understand how committed I am to you...even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you...it's just not possible." And at these words, all the others joined in and said the same.
32. Then there was no more discussion about it...they didn't know what else to say. In silence they followed Jesus to a place called Gethsemane, and there He said to them, "Just sit here and meditate while I pray."
33. Then He took Peter, James and John along with Him, and as they walked deeper into the garden, a sense of overwhelming and unspeakable dread began to settle in on Him.
34 "My soul is entering into a stark realization of death," He said to them. "I'm connecting with the death of all who are condemned, and there's no way to describe to you the pain and darkness of it all...please, stay here and keep watch...I need your support through this."
35. Then, going on a little farther, He fell like a dead man to the ground...and as the conflicting voices of both the Son of God and the Son of Man began to contend for His destiny, He prayed that He might just circumvent the hour, altogether.
36. "Abba...Father," He cried out, "everything is possible for You. Just take this cup away from Me! I can't...I won't drink it!" Then, in virtually the same breath, the visionary love of the Son of God overrode the natural survival instincts of the Son of Man, and Jesus said, "Never mind...I won't submit to the limitations of the human will...I accept the infinite possibilities of the divine will...of Your will...and of all that goes with it."
37. Then as the conflict between the human and the divine began to gradually taper off, He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," He said to Peter, "are you really asleep? Now, of all times? Couldn't you just keep watch and support Me for one hour?
38. You should be praying with vision and insight so that you do not succumb to the limitations of your humanity. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
39. Again He went away and prayed the same thing, as the tension created by the opposition of two potential realities temporarily resurfaced.
40. And again when He came back, He found them sleeping, because they were exhausted. They woke up again, but didn't know what to say to Him.
41. Returning the third time, He said to them, "Still?! You're still sleeping? Oh well...that's enough...it doesn't matter now, anyway. The hour has come. Take a good look...the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of rebels.
42. Come on! Let's go! Here comes My betrayer...it all starts now!"