Matthew 26:46

Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that does betray me.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
De Cons. Ev., iii, 4: This speech as Matthew has it seems self-contradictory. For how could He say, “Sleep on, and take your rest,” and immediately continue, "Rise, let us be going.” This contradiction some have endeavoured to reconcile by supposing the words, “Sleep on, and take your rest,” to be an ironical rebuke, and not a permission; it might be rightly so taken if need were. But as Mark records it, when He had said, “Sleep on, and take your rest,” He added, "it is enough,” and then continued, “The hour is come, behold, the Son of manis betrayed into the hands of sinners;” we clearly understand the Lord to have been silent some time after He had said, “Sleep on,” to allow of their doing so, and then after some interval to have roused them with, “Behold, the hour is at hand.” And as Mark fills up the sense with, “it is enough,” that is, ye have had rest enough. ...

Cornelius a Lapide

AD 1637
Rise, let us be going: behold, he hath come who will betray Me. He bids them rise, not in order to fly with Him, but to go forth to meet Judas. It is hence clear that Christ was heard in His last prayer; that, comforted of God by the angel, He had thrown off His sadness and sorrow, and went forth to meet Judas and the death of the cross with great and noble resolution. "For," as Origen says, "He saw in the spirit Judas the traitor drawing nigh, though he was not yet seen by the disciples." "He therefore in every way teaches His disciples," says S. Chrysostom, "that this was not a matter of necessity or of weakness, but of a certain incomprehensible dispensation, for He foresaw that they were coming, and so far from flying, He went forth to meet them." Christ in thus going forth, as indeed in the whole of His Passion, left three points most worthy of notice1st His innocence in boldly going forth to meet His enemies2nd His majesty, forethought, and power, wherewith as God He orders and ...

Hilary of Poitiers

AD 368
Or, He bids them “sleep on, and take their rest,” because He now confidently awaited His Father’s will concerning the disciples, concerning which He had said, “Thy will be done,” and in obedience to which He drunk the cup that wasto pass from Him to us, diverting upon Himself the weakness of our body, the terrors of dismay, and even the pains of death itself. And whereas, when He returned and found them sleeping, He rebukes them the first time, the second time says nothing, the third time bids them take their rest; the interpretation of this is, that at the first after His resurrection, when He finds them dispersed, distrustful, and timorous, He rebukes them; the second time, when their eyes were heavy to look upon the liberty of the Gospel, He visited them, sending them the Spirit, the Paraclete; for, held back by attachment to the Law, they slumbered in respect of faith; but the third time, when He shall come in His glory, He shall restore them to quietness and confidence. ...


AD 420
Having concluded His third prayer, and having obtained that the Apostles 'terror should be corrected by subsequent penitence, He goes forth undaunted bythe prospect of His own Passion to meet His pursuers, and offers Himself voluntarily to be sacrificed. "Arise, let us be going;” as much as tosay, Let them not find you trembling, let us go forth willingly to death, that they may see us confident and rejoicing in suffering; “Lo, he that shall betray me draweth near.” ...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Indeed it behoved them to watch, but He said this to show that the prospect ofcoming evils was more than they would bear, that He had no need of their aid, and that it must needs be that He should be delivered up. The words, “the hour is at hand,” point out that all that has been done was by Divine interference; and that, “into the hands of sinners,” show that this wasthe work of their wickedness, not that He was guilty of any crime. ...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
For by all means He taught them, that the matter was not of necessity, nor of weakness, but of some secret dispensation. For, as we see, He foreknew that Judas would come, and so far from flying, He even went to meet him.

Theophylact of Ochrid

AD 1107
Showing that He has no need of their help, even when He is about to be betrayed, He says to them, "Sleep on now." Or, He is speaking with irony, as if to say, "Behold, the betrayer is at hand — sleep, if you so desire and time allows." Then He rouses them from that place where He was praying and approaches those who are about to arrest Him, and goes forward to meet them as if they were about to present Him with some delightful gift. Thus we see that Christ God prayed as a man in Gethsemane to confirm the divine economy, the plan of salvation. His prayer in Gethsemane also showed His desire to avoid His suffering, knowing that as a consequence of the Crucifixion the Jews would be destroyed for their sin against Him. ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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