26. Gethsemane

Tanja Butler (1955- )
Oil on canvas
10 x 12

An angel offers strength and support to Jesus as his disciples sleep under a nearby olive tree. A red background
and his bloodstained robe reveal Jesus' anguished struggle. The ministering angel is painted a
soothing blue, providing an oasis of comfort.

Luke 22: 39-46
39Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40On reaching the
place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." 41He withdrew about a stone's
throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet
not my will, but yours be done." 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
44And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the
ground. 45When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted
from sorrow. 46"Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into

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