Three times at Gethsemane, Jesus prayed to the Father (Matt. 26:39, 42, 44). He struggled against temptation and prayed for the Father’s will to be done (26:39, 42).
Jesus’ resolve is evident when he returns to the disciples and says, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand” (Matt. 26:45-46).
Jesus did not rise to flee. “Let us be going” did not mean “let us escape.” The command meant he would meet the encroaching arresting party. Jesus knew the betrayer was coming, yet he rose anyway. Jesus knew his “hour” was at hand, yet he went anyway. After his prayers to the Father, the resolve of Jesus was clear. The words “Rise, let us be going” showed that Jesus was ready to drink the cup.
In order for him to die on a cross, he must first be sentenced. To be sentenced, he must be tried. To be tried, he must be arrested. And to be arrested, he must be betrayed. Jesus said, “Rise, let us be going,” because the moment of betrayal had come, a moment ordained from the foundation of the world, a moment that would lead to the cross and to the cup.