John Lindell – 04/23/2017
Mark 14:32-42 – “They came to an area called Gethsemane. Jesus told his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him. He plunged into a sinkhole of dreadful agony. He told them, “I feel bad enough right now to die. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”
Going a little ahead, he fell to the ground and prayed for a way out: “Papa, Father, you can—can’t you?—get me out of this. Take this cup away from me. But please, not what I want—what do you want?”
He came back and found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, you went to sleep on me? Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert, be in prayer, so you don’t enter the danger zone without even knowing it. Don’t be naive. Part of you is eager, ready for anything in God; but another part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”
He then went back and prayed the same prayer. Returning, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn’t keep their eyes open, and they didn’t have a plausible excuse.
He came back a third time and said, “Are you going to sleep all night? No—you’ve slept long enough. Time’s up. The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up. Let’s get going. My betrayer has arrived.””
Mark 14:32-42 MSG
- Straightforward, yet profound.
- 3 times Jesus was tempted in the Wilderness.
- Again, Jesus fights a battle with Satan in the Garden, as he prepares to take on His burden of sin for mankind.
- This time, the disciples, who are also present, are tempted with human weakness (sleep) three times…and they succumb – three times.
- Intentions do not equal follow through, and we are all able to observe the results of the failure to pray in the upcoming struggles of the disciples:
- Denial, confusion, separation and chaos throughout Jesus trial and after Jesus death on the cross – before He reappears, reunites, and reignites His disciples.
- In preparation for betrayal and his upcoming sacrificial trials.
4 Principles to Encourage & Strengthen our lives: (Prayer is the Key)
1st Jesus Prayed
- If Jesus needed to pray, and he did all the time, then it goes without saying that we should as well.
- Jesus didn’t wait till gethsemane to pray for the first time…