The disciples slept, but they must have been exhausted. They had already been through the declaration in Luke 18 by Jesus about His impending death in , “they will kill him (Jesus), and on the third day he will rise.” Surely the disciples were scratching their heads over that comment.
Then came the Last Supper in the upper room where Jesus declares, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.” The disciple's balked, “not I, not I, “ they declared. The Judas got up and left. One has to wonder what the disciples were thinking then. The Last Supper continues with Jesus making some more thought provoking statement to the remaining disciples.
As the Last Supper wraps up, Jesus and the disciples head off for the Garden of Gethsemane. It is here where Jesus leaves the disciples behind and heads off to prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Jesus comes back and finds the disciples sleeping. He says to them , “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
A second time Jesus goes off to pray and again he comes back and finds the disciples fast asleep. Again he says to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near.” After this Jesus is arrested. The disciples scatter defeated and fearful for their lives. While it can be argued the disciples may have had an out because they had no idea what was going on, Christians today have no such luxury. As Paul Harvey would say, “Christians know the rest of the story.”
If Jesus returned today would he find His followers diligently doing His work or would He say, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” and then go and so My work.