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After the meal and the foot washing, Jesus led his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane. It was a peaceful place, a grove of olive trees bathed in the silvery glow of the moon. The smell of damp earth and the rustling of leaves in the breeze created a soothing atmosphere, but the tranquility was deceptive. There was a heaviness in the air, a sense of impending doom.

Jesus moved away from his followers, seeking solitude. He found a quiet spot beneath an ancient olive tree, its gnarled branches reaching out like a protective canopy. He fell to his knees, his heart heavy with sorrow and dread. He knew what was to come, knew the pain and suffering that awaited him. His human side craved escape, longing for another way. But he also knew that there was no other path. His sacrifice was necessary.

He prayed fervently, his voice barely a whisper in the quiet night. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done,” he pleaded. He was alone in his agony, his disciples having fallen asleep a short distance away. His plea echoed in the stillness, a heartbreaking testament to his humanity.

Meanwhile, the tranquility of the garden was about to be shattered. A group of soldiers led by Judas, one of his own disciples, was approaching. The calm night was disrupted by the harsh sounds of armor and weapons. The betrayal was underway. As the torchlight flickered over Jesus’ calm face, he rose, ready to face his destiny.


Reflect on the moment when Jesus was alone in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying to his Father. How does this portrayal of Jesus’ humanity and vulnerability influence your understanding of his sacrifice?

Kids Reflect

Why do you think Jesus was kind and helped others, even when he was facing such a tough time?