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Gethsemane

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Matthew 26:36-39 (NKJV)
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The Prayer in the Garden
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36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
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39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
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For most part of the Gospel accounts, We would here of His power to heal the sick; His compassion for the weak and poor; the authority He has when He preached the Word of God.
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We don’t often see Jesus struggling in sorrow.
Tonight we’re looking at another side of Jesus.
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The Press
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And The Pressure Of Gethsemane
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Jesus then went … to a place known as Gethsemane, which means “an oil press.” In a field covered with olive trees, oil presses were used to extract oil from the fruit. An olive grove was in that place
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There Jesus left His disciples—except for Peter and two of Zebedee’s (James and John ,who went with Him, and He began to pray.
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Peter and his fellow disciples had promised to be faithful to death, and yet they went to sleep!
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"People Will Go To Sleep On You"
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He was experiencing sorrow meaning, “to be grieved or sad to the point of distress” and trouble such as He had never known in His earthly life.
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------------------------------------------------- He prayed to His Father, asking that if … possible … this cup be taken away from Him. The “cup” referred to His imminent death.
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A cup, figuratively in the Old Testament, refers to wrath.
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He also may have had in mind His coming separation from the Father.
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His coming contact with sin as He became sin for mankind
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(1) We see JESUS IN SORROW

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At this point, the Bible says "He began to be sorrowful and troubled." (v.37). And He said to His 3 disciples - Peter, James and John - "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.

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No wonder He "fell with His face to the ground and prayed..." (v.39). According to Luke, Jesus was in such an anguish that "his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." (Lk 22:44).
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A thorough search of the medical literature demonstrates that such a condition, while admittedly rare, does occur in humans. Commonly referred to as hematidrosis
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------------------------------------------------- this condition results in the excretion of blood or blood pigment in the sweat. Under conditions of great emotional stress, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands can rupture
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1) We see JESUS IN SORROW
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------------------------------------------------- 2) We see JESUS IN STRUGGLE
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THIS WAS MORE THAN JUST A PHYSICAL STRUGGLE,
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Isaiah 53:5-6 (NKJV)
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5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
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The weight upon His shoulders wasn’t physical weight - it was the weight of your sins and mine! In plain words, it’s your fault! Our sins sent Him up the cross!
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1) We see JESUS IN SORROW
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------------------------------------------------- 3) We see JESUS IN SUBMISSION

The first time Jesus said, "...Yet not as I will, but as You will." (v.39). Then He went away a second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done." (v.42).
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This is a classic example of submission - doing the will of God, not your own.
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Jesus gave us our Willpower Back, The Willpower we lost in the Garden of Eden was won back in the Garden Of Gethsemane When Jesus said, NOT MY WILL, BUT THY WILL BE DONE.

In Luke’s account, it says "An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him." (Luke 22:43). Isn’t that beautiful? He obeys the Father... to do what the Father says, and the Father provides what he needs most - strength!
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3) We see JESUS IN SUBMISSION

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(4) We see JESUS As Our SUBSTITUTE
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"The battle is won. You may have thought it was won on Golgotha. It wasn’t.
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You may have thought the sign of victory is the empty tomb. It isn’t.
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The final battle was won in Gethsemane.
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And the sign of conquest is Jesus at peace in the olive trees.
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For it was in the garden that he made his decision...
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He would rather go to hell for you than go to heaven without you."

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The Press
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And The Pressure Of Gethsemane
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