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Delivered By
Brian Winburn
Delivered On
April 7, 2019
Central Passage
Luke 22
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Have you ever seen pain coming? The closer it gets, the worse it looks. May change is coming at work, church, home. You know it is coming but now that the time is near, it appears far worse than you could imagine. Jesus is seeing His future Agony. Nothing will compare to His agony on the cross, but here we look at the agony of willingly taking our sin.

 

The Pastor's Notes:

Jesus is in the Garden

Seeing the suffering, but not yet experiencing them.

Luke 22:39-46 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 41And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, 46And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

 

Prayer #1 The will of God be Done

How often does God exaggerate? Jesus never over or understates anything. So, when he is in agony to the point of death, this is a literal statement.

What is the cup? It is the cup of God’s wrath, judgement, the way of salvation. Christ will taste death, so that we do not have to, Amen!

Angel strengthens him, so then why continue to pray? Well, like Paul praying 3 times, no. Jesus knows and has known the father’s plan, so why continue to pray?

Would Christ be more glorious, richer, better if he died on the cross? No, Christ doesn’t need our recognition or worship to give him value, yet His love held him on the cross

Prayer #2 For the strength and courage to complete the task

Matthew 26:39-46

39And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 40And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

42He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup MAY NOT pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 43And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 44And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

Christ is praying for the strength and courage to see the task through.

Christ is demonstrating for us that we should never trust in our flesh for strength. What if his flesh failed? We so quickly assume that we can endure any test from God, but how quickly satan turns up the heat and God purifies us!

Psalm 69:1-2 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.

2I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

 

Psalm 69:14-15 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

15Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

He begins with praying to be delivered, now his prayer is to be able to withstand the trial.

Psalm 22 which is about Christ on the cross, He prays in a similar fashion.

Jesus did what Adam didn’t.

What a difference the world would be if Adam would’ve prayed for the ability to keep God’s commandment

 

Prayer #3 For us, Are you struggling with temptation?

You see the angel strengthen Him. He was set to go. In wisdom, he didn’t trust His flesh but His God. Now, why pray a third time…

For us!

Context of Hebrews 5, Jesus is the High Priest, the following verses warn us about falling away to false teaching.

 

Hebrews 5:7-10 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Christ is always perfect. So, what does it mean, made perfect? God said it, now He is showing it.

God says to trust and obey. Jesus proved it.

God says to pray and you will receive, Jesus proved it.

God says to pray for others, Jesus proved it.

 

As the high priest, he is offering his prayer with blood and supplications on our behalf.

He was praying that the Will of God would be done in the life of the church. Even if it meant dying for your faith!

Many times, he warned the disciples not to fall into temptation. Peter falls quickly, in part because he fails to pray.

Hebrews 12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

If God commanded it, he will provide what’s needed to do it. Christ may not have struggled with alcohol, drugs, lust, etc. but he withstood the temptation to put his flesh first, he withstood the temptation to trust in his own strength and did that even though it cost him his life!

 

It pleads for the lost and saved

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