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The Master of Maturation (2)

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A man aqiunted with grief and sorrow
Mark 14:42 ESV
Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
Mark 14:
Isaiah pictured Him as the suffering Servant
A man aqiunted with grief and sorrow
Isaiah 53:3 ESV
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Mark 14:32 ESV
And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”
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Place of Fervent Prayer
This is a very familiar place, right outside the city walls.
Luke tells us that He told them to pray as well, that they entered not into temptation. They should know the importance of praying that they don't enter into temptation
He is praying for us “The Great Intercessor” but we need to Pray as well
This was a familiar place
He must pray because this is greater than any temptation that He has ever faced.
Satan had always tried to stop Him from going to the cross
Satan knew His place that's why Judas was able to find them, he knew the place.
He tempted Him in the wilderness at the beginning of His earthly ministry
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But this is greater than anything Hell can throw His way
MArk 14:
Mark 14:33 ESV
And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.
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The Importance of the right Partners
He left the other 8 at the entrance of the garden but took these three further
When you are in your Maturing season everyone who has walked with you wont always walk with you.
Luke 22:40 ESV
And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
He takes them to teach them
He had just told them on there way to the garden that they would fall away
But as we often do
Mark 14:31 ESV
But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.
But instead of them learning the Principle of prayer they learn the Lesson of prayer.
Mark 14:33 ESV
And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.
Distressed: to be alarmed , to be amazed
troubled : to be in extreme anguish
What can amaze Jesus ??
On the way, verse 33 says, He began to be very distressed and troubled. Distressed is a very interesting word. It is a compound form of the verb to be amazed … to be amazed. And you would ask yourself, what could amaze Jesus? He is omniscient. He knows everything. What is going to amaze Him? What is going to stun Him? What is going to shock Him? Is there any experience He’s never had? Is there anything He doesn’t know?
Answer: yes, there is an experience He’s never had and He’s about to have it. There is the knowledge of that experience that He has never had and He’s about to have it. And He is amazed at what He is experiencing because it is totally alien to everything He has ever experienced and ever known.
In fact, it causes Him to be troubled, a very strong word meaning to be astonished. This is amazement and astonishment in anguish. The word troubled means to be anguished, to a level of really incomprehensibility. So He is amazed and astonished at the level of anguish that He’s feeling over this. This is something new to Him.
What was it? What was causing this? Was it a rejection to the nation Israel? Was it the defection of Judas? Was it the desertion of the eleven soon to happen? Was it the injustice of those mocked trials to come later in the morning? Was it the mockery? Was it the spitting? Was it the punchings in the face? Was it the scourging? Was it the crucifixion? Was it dying? What was it that caused these kinds of amazed feelings of anguish?
Well it was something more than those things. Those things caused Him a great amount of sorrow. But the anguish and amazement that captures Him now is something beyond that.
It is the anticipation of experiencing the Father’s will and embracing the role of becoming a sacrifice for sin, to become the sin’s bearer. He is facing something completely alien to Himself.
He has never known sin. He has never known the wrath of God. He has never known alienation. As God, He is not temptable. says, “God can’t be tempted.” As God, He is not temptable, not able to sin. As man, He is temptable. He was tempted in all points like as we are, Hebrews says, and He was able not to sin.
As God He can’t be tempted, but because He’s the God/Man, He can be tempted. Can He be tempted successfully? No. He is not able to sin, but He is able to be tempted. His struggle is not like ours, not like ours, not like ours.
We are tempted by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, the Bible says. He had none of those. He had no human sinfulness. He was fully man but had no human sinfulness, nothing in His nature that would be drawn to sin. His temptation, therefore, is not attacking Him at the point of sin, as His vulnerability like it is for us, it is attacking Him at the point of holiness. In this temptation, Satan is on the side of His holiness.
We struggle because the power of evil is so strong in us, right? We struggle with sin because the power of evil is so strong in our nature. We battle against ever-present, unholy resident impulses internal and strong, and we struggle to do what is right, to grasp righteousness.
Our battle is to fight against the compelling impulses of evil that are in us.
Not so, Jesus.
He struggled in the exactly opposite way because of His holy nature, because of His sinless purity, because of His total righteousness, because of His perfect love and obedience to God. He struggled because the power of holiness was the only thing in Him, that righteousness was the sole single motive and impulse of His holy soul is clearly indicated in Scripture.
And what God was asking Him to do was to embrace sin as a sin bearer … not as a sinner, but as a sin bearer, to take the wrath of God for sin, to receive divine punishment. We struggle because the power of sin is so strong in us. He struggled because the power of holiness was the only power that existed in Him. How can He possibly become a sin bearer and receive the wrath of God.
Mark 14:34 ESV
And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”
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How to Handle Pressure
My Soul: inner self conscience life
No man could ever understand the debt of sorry and agony experienced by Jesus
Jesus bore the agony of sin for every man
He bore the punishment of sin
Literally saying I’m surrounded by grief
Literally stressed to the point that it almost killed Him
To be our Sin barer, to take on Him God’s Divine Wrath
To take every sinners Eternal punishment
And the level of divine wrath is staggering because our Lord will embrace eternities of wrath, eternities of divine punishment. What do you mean by that? I mean that for every sinner for whom He died, He took that sinner’s eternal wrath.
For the millions of sinners for whom He died, He took a million eternities full of wrath.
And He was holy, harmless and undefiled, separate from sinners, and how could this be? That’s why the struggle was so immense. And verse 34 says it, “He said to them, ‘My soul is deeply grieved,’ ” perilupos, literally surrounded by sorrow, surrounded by grief. Peri, perimeter, periphery, He’s engulfed in this grief to the point of death … to the point of death.
Luke 22:
Luke 22:44 ESV
And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luke 22:42 ESV
saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
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Mark 14:35 ESV
And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
Lying Prostrate....
Matthew 26:39 ESV
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
The Hour ....
Luke 22:53 ESV
When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”
We’re not holy, so we can’t relate to this. Some people say, “Well wait a minute, doesn’t this show weakness on Jesus’ part? Doesn’t this show reluctance to obey His Father?” Look, if He didn’t react like this, we would wonder whether He was holy, right? This is the only possible response of a holy person to the thought of bearing sin and guilt and judgment.
This is the most acceptable, normal, expected response. We don’t have a perfect hatred for sin, He did. Everything in His being was repulsed by the thought of iniquity. His plea is absolutely consistent with His nature as God.
He’s too pure to look on things that are sinful, can’t even behold them, says. No wonder He came almost to the point of death, blood loss, so severe that an angel had to come and rescue Him in some way.
Mark 14:36 ESV
And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
How to Petition the Father
The Cup...
Isaiah 51:17 ESV
Wake yourself, wake yourself, stand up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the Lord the cup of his wrath, who have drunk to the dregs the bowl, the cup of staggering.
Psalm 11:6 ESV
Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
Mark 14:37 ESV
And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?
He shows us how NOT to be so Preoccupied with our own Pressure that we forget about others
Mark 14:38 ESV
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Mark 14:39 ESV
And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.
Mark 14:40 ESV
And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him.
Mark 14:41 ESV
And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
He shows us how not to leave the Place until we get our peace and power
Mark 14
Mark 14:42 ESV
Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
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