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The Timekeeper, The Watchman & The Known Hour

Updated: May 29, 2022

"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. Understand this," said Jesus to His disciples, "if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him."

Luke 12:35-40, The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001

"Stay here and keep watch," Jesus said to Peter, James, and John at Gethsemane. He walked a couple feet away and fell to the ground and prayed to His Father for Him to take the overwhelming cup of sorrow from Him and for His will to be done in this moment. After praying, Jesus returned to the disciples.


"Simon," He said to Peter, "are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?"


Jesus went to Gethsemane with His disciples, but only recognized them in the flesh after praying. He recognized Peter, His disciple, as Simon, a man of the world. "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak".


Once more, He went away and prayed the same thing, "Abba, Father," He said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."


When He returned, sleep had overtaken the disciples and they did not know what to say to Him. Jesus left again, to pray: "Abba, Father," He said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."

Mark 14: