Despondency in Gethsemane

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Jesus’ temptation in Gethsemane is the crisis point in salvation history and encourages us to watch and pray.

Jesus’ temptation in Gethsemane is the crisis point in salvation history and encourages us to watch and pray.

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  • 1. Despondency in GethsemaneMatthew 26: 36-46
  • 2. Crisis points
  • 3. 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a placecalled Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit herewhile I go over there and pray."
  • 4. 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee alongwith him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38 Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmedwith sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keepwatch with me."
  • 5. Why was Jesus despondent? Fear of physical death? JN 12:27 "Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? `Father, save me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.
  • 6. Why was Jesus despondent? Fear of taking on the sins of the world and facing his Father’s wrath
  • 7. Why was Jesus despondent? Fear of taking on the sin of the world and facing his Father’s wrath Satan’s temptations
  • 8. Spiritual warfare Matt 4:11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Luke 4:13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
  • 9. 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to theground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, maythis cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but asyou will."
  • 10. 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found themsleeping. "Could you men not keep watch with me forone hour?" he asked Peter. 41 "Watch and pray sothat you will not fall into temptation. The spirit iswilling, but the body is weak."
  • 11. 42 He went away a second time and prayed, "MyFather, if it is not possible for this cup to be takenaway unless I drink it, may your will be done."
  • 12. Jesus’ first, second prayers(1) "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."(2) "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.“
  • 13. 43 When he came back, he again found themsleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 Sohe left them and went away once more andprayed the third time, saying the same thing.
  • 14. Jesus’ first, second and third prayers(1) "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."(2) "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.“(3) "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done."
  • 15. 45 Then he returned to the disciples and said tothem, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, thehour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed intothe hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us go! Herecomes my betrayer!"
  • 16. Lessons for us 1. Spiritual warfare is ongoing 2. We are to be watchful 3. We are to watch and pray
  • 17. 1. Spiritual warfare is ongoing There is a ongoing battle for our minds and souls What we allow into our mindsPHP 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever isnoble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent orpraiseworthy--think about such things.
  • 18. 1. Spiritual warfare is ongoingThere is a ongoing battle for our mindsand soulsWhat we allow into our mindsWhat we feed our minds
  • 19. 2. We are to be watchfulTo watch means to know the will of GodNot a sin to react (appropriate) emotionallyWatch with friendsMake the right decisions
  • 20. 3. We are to watch and prayWe are weakWe are only strong through prayers
  • 21. Jesus’ temptation in Gethsemane is the crisispoint in salvation history and encourages us towatch and pray.