"The Spirit Is Willing, But The Flesh Is Weak"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 127

Context: In Jerusalem, the holy city, Christ, His ministry completed and the Lord's Supper instituted, briefly retreats from the threats of Jewish religious leaders. Taking with Him Peter, James, and John, the Master goes to the Mount of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane. Heavy with sorrow as He awaits death, He tells the men to wait while He prays. Jesus, knowing that His disciples will be tempted to deny Him when He faces death, returns to the place where He left the chosen followers:

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And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

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