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Mark 14:32-42

Mark 14:32–42 NASB95
They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again He went away and prayed, saying the same words. And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. And He came the third time, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. “Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”

Back in the Garden: 32-33

Jesus has come back to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and prepare for His death. I want us to look at Genesis 3:1-7
Genesis 3:1–7 NASB95
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’ ” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
Jesus’ mission was to reconcile the people back to Him. This can only be accomplished by going to the place where the sin entered humans. The Garden, Jesus begins His preparation for the Crucifixion by going to the Garden to Pray.
In the Garden of Eden Eve and Adam fell to the cunning of the serpent (Satan) because they did not pray. Jesus enters the Garden with what His mission was, to reconcile all those who calls on His name, back to the Father. Jesus goes in with prayer as His focus; Eve went in with no focus and surrenders to Satan’s deception. Jesus had a plan and Eve had none. Even though Satan is not mentioned directly, he was no doubt present.
Jesus’ always takes us back to the place where sin started to move us forward again.
We cannot hop on and off the righteous trail, Jesus takes us back before we can move forward. Jesus’ tells eight of them to sit there while He goes and prays. Remember Judas has already gone to start the betrayal. He takes Peter, James, and John further with Him.

Distress and Trouble in the Garden 34-35

Going into the Garden Jesus’ felt the distress and trouble going into the Garden.
Jesus’ felt distress or (bewilderment), why? Because, I honestly believed He felt the weight of the sins of the world and what had to happen to Him to reconcile us back to Him. It also shows us the humanity side of Christ. Jesus Christ was fully Divine and Human.
His distress and trouble gives us comfort knowing that He too has been tempted and felt the emotions we have and can sympathize with us. Going into the Garden to pray was a sign for us to come back into relations with the Trinity and fall at the feet of Jesus who can and will sympathize with us.
Trouble: to be in extreme anguish; to be overwhelmed with anxiety.
He started to feel the weight of the sins of the world. He knew that Judas was betraying Him at this very moment, Peter would deny Him, and the sheep would scatter.
He would be doing this without those who had followed Him, He was going to be alone. The Father had to set Him aside to crush Him for our iniquities.
Listen to Isaiah 53:1-12
Isaiah 53:1–12 NASB95
Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.
Listen to verse 10: It pleased God to crush Him severely: intensely, harsh, painfully, and gravely. God the Father was pleased to do this to His Son (Himself) for you and me.
Every time we sin, remember what He did for that sin!
The Lord tells them, that His soul has become grieved to the point of death. I remember the day we woke up to go to the hospital in Lewisville on September 18th, 2014. It will be a day that I will never forget. My soul was grieved to the point that I wanted to die. I knew what lie ahead, I knew that in a short time Gracelynn would be born and ultimately die. I did not know how long she would be alive before passing but I knew this would be a day that would alternate the life of her mother and father forever.
He commands Peter, James, and John to stay awake. This is not the first-time Jesus told His disciples to be alert and watch. Mark 13:34, 37
Mark 13:34 NASB95
“It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert.
Mark 13:37 NASB95
“What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’ ”
They had been told and told to stay alert. We too have been told and told to stay alert, flee from temptations, pray and meditate of His word. But, just as the Disciples we too have fallen asleep. We forget this life is not a life we are to gather all our treasures in. We are not to build a life outside of the Garden but inside the Garden with the Lord. In the garden is where true fellowship with the Trinity began between Adam and Eve.
If they would have been on alert who knows the outcome of that temptation!

God’s Will not Ours 36

Jesus went a little further and fell and prayed. In His prayer to Abba, He asked if it is possible to take this cup from Him.

The full impact of His death and its spiritual consequences struck Jesus and He staggered under its weight. The prospect of alienation from His Father horrified Him.

It was not dying that distressed Christ. It was not the beatings or mocking that He would receive that distressed Him. It was being separated from the Father at the very hour when He would be crushed by the Father for our iniquities!
Jesus teaches us that not our will but the Father’s will be done in our lives. Listen to what He says, “Nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will.”
Too many times we want God to line up with our will. This is impossible! God is not at our beck and call!
Jesus understood why He was grieved, He understood too why He was there. John 12:27
John 12:27 NASB95
“Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.
Jesus told His disciples why He came into this world, in the Gospel of John. He knew that this was the Will of the Father who had sent Him. Do you know that one of the most glaring difference between Jesus Christ and Muhammad are? Jesus knew why He came and sought to do the Mission that God the Father, Himself, and the Holy Spirit had planned before the foundation of the world. Muhammad was suicidal and depressed. He attempted multiply times to throw himself off the cliff.

Failure to pray 37-41

Failure to pray is preparing oneself for failure in spiritual warfare. Whenever I fail to pray before the start of my day, I can tell in the first ten minutes that it is going to be a long day.
I want us to look back at Mark 14:30.
Mark 14:30 NASB95
And Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three times.”
Peter was told by Jesus that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crows. Keep this in mind while we keep reading.
Jesus knew that because Peter fell asleep instead of praying that He would deny Him. He knew the number of times He would deny by how many times He found him asleep.
Listen to what Jesus tells them, “Stay awake and pray so that you won’t enter into temptation. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Pray so you do not fall into temptation.
Jesus said, “one hour” could you not pray and keep watch one hour? One hour can you pray to Abba for one hour without falling asleep. We are commanded to pray and most believe it is one hour. I believe this also. Here is why.
First, every time that I have prayed one hour there has been a peace that overcomes me. I am just relaxed and full of peace. I get more done than I usually do nothing seems to hinder or bother me. I am connected that day with my Lord, my God and there is no better place to be. Prayer unlocks God’s mystery to His word, to His will, and to His power. It is during this time you are preparing yourself to battle.
Second, praying one hour is disciplining yourself to be in control of your body no matter what the circumstances are. How do you think Paul made it through all he went through? He modeled our Lord Jesus’ time in the Garden.
Lastly, I have seen the power of a praying church that devotes at least an hour of their time to the Lord in prayer. Things start happening that we read about inside the body. Miracles, reconciliation, marriages heal, relationships heal, and the healing touch upon someone’s life who we pray over. Financial strain is alleviated from the body which alleviates it from the Church. The Power that we hear Paul talking about is through the Power of Prayer.
Prayer is the essential to every Christian’s life that are Disciples of Christ!
Three times Jesus finds them asleep and after the third-time Jesus is about to face His betrayer and accusers. I wonder if the disciples knew that Jesus was about to be lead away if they would have fallen asleep? How many of you can think of a moment in your life where you wished you did not fall asleep?
Peter would probably not have had denied Jesus is he did not fall asleep. Nobody is certain if he would have or not, but the probability is better of him not. When have you found yourself in need of praying with intensity but lacking the drive to accomplish it? During these times is when you need to dig in and pray!
The hour had come for the Son of Man to be betrayed into the hands of the sinners. I want us to see something that happens in the Garden again.

Betrayal in the Garden 42

It was man who betrayed God’s command and fell into temptation to the serpent. It was man who fell into temptation to the serpent again to betray the Son of God in the Garden. The Garden was the place of fellowship with God for Adam and Eve. It is also the place of Fellowship between God and His Son.
It is when we are getting closer to God that the serpent will bring those who are to be close to you to betray you or persuade you to fall away from God.
Do you know that when we let our guard down is when we fall into temptation? It has been this way for thousands and thousands of years. We just never learn from the past mistakes of our forefathers.
(Leroy Eims, Be the leader you were meant to be):
Talks about temptations in his book. “Rattlesnakes are fairly common where I live, I encounter one almost every summer. It is a frightening experience to see a rattlesnake coiled, looking at you, ready to strike. He’s lightning-quick and accurate. I have a simple two-point program for handling rattlesnakes: shun and avoid. It’s as simple as that. you don’t need much insight to figure out what to do with something as dangerous as a diamondback rattler. You don’t mess around.
The same two-point solution to rattlesnakes should be the same with temptations. This is done by these two-points: prayer and alertness.
Before they ever arrived to betray Him, Jesus was alert and praying in that hour before. He did not pray after the betrayal, He prayed before it, to prepare Himself for it. He was ready!

Application

My question to each of you today, are your ready? Are you in prayer? Are you alert? With all that is going on with this body in two campuses we have to be alert and in prayer.
It is okay to be grieved. It’s okay to ask for another way. But, always God’s will to be done.
Are you alert? The battle is already here, are you prepared? Stay Awake!
How is your praying life? Show me a Christian who has no prayer life and I will show you a Christian who will deny Christ under persecution.
Evangelical Commentary on the Bible C. Jerusalem Opposes Jesus (14:1–15:47)

There is a distinct pattern at the beginning and close of Jesus’ ministry: (1) baptism in water and first approval of the Son (1:9–11); (2) first temptation in the wilderness (1:12–13); (3) last temptation in the garden of Gethsemane (14:32–42, esp. 36a); (4) final approval of the Son that he be baptized by death (14:36b).

Jesus knew this day would ultimately end with His death. It would be a day that would alternate the course of all the lives to ever be since Adam and Eve. It would change each of us forever. Either with Him for eternity or separated from Him for eternity. The Garden began the salvation process of you and I and all that have believed in Christ.
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