What Did Jesus Demand From His Disciples in Gethsemane?

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus demanded something significant from his disciples. This event took place just before his crucifixion, and it was a crucial moment for the disciples to show their loyalty to Jesus. Let’s take a look at what Jesus demanded from his disciples in Gethsemane.

The Setting

Before we dive into the demands of Jesus, let’s set the scene. It was the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, and he took three of his closest disciples with him to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane.

These three were Peter, James, and John. While Jesus went to pray, he asked them to keep watch.

The First Demand: Stay Awake

Jesus’ first demand was that his disciples stay awake and keep watch with him. He knew that his time was approaching and that he needed their support in prayer. Despite this request, all three of them fell asleep.

“Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?’

he asked Peter.” (Matthew 26:40)

This initial demand showed the importance of staying alert in prayer and being aware of what is happening around us.

The Second Demand: Pray

Jesus’ second demand was for them to pray with him. He knew that he needed their support during this critical time leading up to his crucifixion.

“Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’ Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed..” (Matthew 26:38-39)

Jesus prayed fervently while asking God if there was any other way for him not have to go through with the crucifixion.

The Third Demand: Loyalty

Jesus’ third and final demand was for loyalty. He knew that one of his disciples would betray him, and he needed to know that the others would stand by him.

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘All of you will be made to stumble because of me this night, for it is written: “I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.’

Peter answered and said to Him, ‘Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.'” (Matthew 26:31-34)

Jesus demanded loyalty from his disciples. He needed them to stick with him through thick and thin.


In conclusion, Jesus demanded three important things from his disciples in Gethsemane. First was their alertness during prayer.

Second was their support in prayer. And finally, he needed their loyalty during this difficult time leading up to his crucifixion.

As believers today, we should strive to meet these same demands that Jesus had for his disciples. Let us remain alert in prayer and support one another through difficult times while remaining loyal to our faith.