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WYE #4

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You ever just not feel like doing something. Like you had a long day at school and you come home and just want to sit and do nothing to recover. But the second you walk in the door your parents ask you to like 11 different things, plus you have homework, plus you have to practice for your sport or band practice. It’s exhausting.
Or maybe there is something you know that you have to do but you say the cursed “Eh, I’ll do it later.” Of course you will write that paper . . . 2 hours before it’s due.
But I think that we have all been here once or twice in your life.
It feels like the weight of the world is coming down on you and you are just not sure what to do. So you wait. You procrastinate.
But if we’re honest “Eh, I’ll do it later” is really saying “I really don’t want to do it”
We’ve been talking about different excuse makers in Scripture. We’ve discussed Moses, we’ve discussed Jonah, we’ve discussed Jeremiah. Tonight we are going to look at somone else who voiced an excuse Jesus.
Now for anyone who thinks I’m about to spout some heresy here, just wait okay. Becaeuse while yes Jesus voiced an excuse there is something very specific thing that sets Jesus apart from the other people that we have looked at over this series.

Main Points


Tonight is the night. Jesus is going to get arrested. He has shared His final meal with the disciples. They have taken communion and Jesus knows that his arrest is coming. So He decides to use His final time without being persecuted to pray. So Jesus took Peter, James and John to pray.
Jesus is terrified at this moment. Jesus knows that after he dies that He will rise again, however, that doesn’t remove the fear of what is going to happen. So this happens
Matthew 26:38–46 NIV
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, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Amen and Hallelujah

Excuses Aren’t Sins

Jesus goes out and he asks God to take this cup away.
Jesus is saying here “God I don’t want to do this! Please take this from me. Don’t make this my burden. I’m scared”
Jesus didn’t think that He wasn’t good enough. Jesus was a human being, horrified of what was coming.
Here’s the first thing I want us to understand tonight, excuses aren’t sins. It isn’t a sin to react with an excuse.

Fear Is not a Sin

Don’t let Your Fear Control


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