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INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION
(Begin in prayer)
One of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do was stand up in front of my church and share with them that my engagement had been broken off.
This was long long ago, long before I even met my wife Cassandra.
The break up was over the phone.
My fiancee was in the UK.
In another couple months time we were meant to be married there.
But three months previously I had been denied a visa to return to England.
There have been precious few times in my life that I have felt such dread leading up to something.
Standing before them and sharing the news while I was still very much broken inside is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
And I probably would not have been able to do it at all without the time spent in prayer during the week before.
It wasn’t the pretty sounding prayer that we normally hear from each other.
It was raw.
It was full of pain.
And it was desperate.
And this doesn’t even come close to what Jesus must have felt that night in the Garden of Gethsemane knowing that his ‘hour’ of ultimate suffering was at last arriving.
Jesus’ ordeal was unique to Him alone.
We merely are capable of experiencing a part of what He did.
Let’s Pray
To remind us of how we got here,
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Following the last supper, Jesus and His disciples went to Gethsemane...
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A garden outside the city, across the Kidron brook and on the Mount of Olives.
Likely to have been about a 30 minute walk.
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It’s name meaning “olive press”, and seems to have been a remote walled garden
c.
A place where Jesus often went with His disciples
2. Note the contrast between the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Gethsemane...
a.
In Eden, the first man (Adam) fell by yielding to temptation and disobeyed God
b.
In Gethsemane, the second man (cf. ) conquered by yielding to the will of God
Before we continue I want to show you a short video that will help orient us
[Yes, “The Garden Of Gethsemane” was a place of victory for Jesus (and consequently for us as well).
But the victory did not come easy, as we consider first that...]
I. THE GARDEN WAS A PLACE OF SUFFERING
A. WHERE JESUS EXPERIENCED GREAT DISTRESS...
2. Before He began praying, He was “troubled and deeply distressed” -
2. Before He began praying, He was “troubled and deeply distressed” - 3. Later, Luke records that He was “in agony”, and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground - 5.
He was likely troubled for He knew that His hour had come - cf. 6.
He knew what was imminent, for He had told His disciples earlier -
2. Before He began praying, He was “troubled and deeply distressed” - 3. Later, Luke records that He was “in agony”, and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground - 5.
He was likely troubled for He knew that His hour had come - cf. 6.
He knew what was imminent, for He had told His disciples earlier -
3. Later, Luke records that He was “in agony”, and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground -
4. He had many reasons to be troubled for He knew that His hour had come - cf.
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He knew what was imminent, for He had told His disciples earlier -
Our salvation came at such a great cost.
B. WHERE JESUS ENDURED INTENSE SORROW...
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He described Himself as “exceedingly sorrowful, even to death” -
2. The writer of Hebrews refers to His “vehement cries and tears” - 3. His grief and sorrow was partly due to the fact that He was taking upon Himself our own grief and sorrow!
- cf.
2. The writer of Hebrews refers to His “loud cries and tears” -
3. His grief and sorrow was partly due to the fact that He was taking upon Himself our own grief and sorrow!
- cf.
Isaiah
How precious is the salvation Jesus bought for us.
C. WHERE JESUS FACED THE IMPENDING SEPARATION FROM GOD THE FATHER
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The cup that Jesus asked to pass from Him represents the wrath of God.
2. The physical, emotional, and social were not small things to consider.
But separation from the Father and enduring the wrath and punishment of God were perhaps the overwhelming concern which made the time in the garden such a time of agony -
3. The physical, emotional, and social were not small things to consider.
But separation from the Father and enduring the wrath and punishment of God were perhaps the overwhelming concern which made the time in the garden such a time of agony -
2. You see there is a rule here.
Just as 1 + 1 = 2, so too there is a rule that there must be an accounting for sin, a death, blood spilled.
Someone had to die.
Someone did die.
In our place.
How incredible the sacrifice of Jesus.
D. WHERE JESUS ENCOUNTERED SOLEMN LONELINESS...
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He wanted His closest disciples to watch with Him -
a.
Those who had been with Him from the beginning -
b.
Those who were privy to one of His greatest miracles -
:-37-43
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Including the disciple “whom He loved” - ; ; ; ,,
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Including the disciple “whom He loved” - ; ; ; ,,
2. Yet after each episode of praying, He found them sleeping - ,,
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When He desired fellowship for comfort, there was none to be found
b.
The Psalmist foretold this would happen - cf.
How valuable the salvation Jesus made possible for us.
[Alone in His distress and sorrow, our Lord found “The Garden Of Gethsemane” to be a place of great suffering for Him.
Then something happened.
Before He left to face the mob led by Judas to arrest Him, Jesus found that...]
Sermons From The Gospel Of Mark 189
II.
THE GARDEN WAS A PLACE OF STRENGTH
A. WHEN JESUS EXPRESSED AGONIZING PRAYER...
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The agony in His prayer is:
a. Seen by His posture: “He...fell on the ground” -
b. Heard in His words: “Abba, Father…take this cup away from Me” -
2. It was “godly fear” Jesus expressed, and for such His prayer was heard -
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Not that the cup (of suffering) was removed
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