imageThis weekend at Eastbrook Church we continued our series, “Journey to the Cross,” by looking at Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives in Mark 14:32-42.

The message, entitled “Surrendered,” drew out six observations about Jesus’ time in Gethsemane with application to our own approach to human distress and suffering in our own lives. In some ways, this was my attempt to speak into the life of our local church fellowship that has experienced some significant, untimely losses of key church members these past couple of weeks.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The six key points of message are included below:

1. Jesus experienced real human distress (14:33-34)

  • He was fully human
  • He knows suffering (Hebrews 4:14-17)

2. Jesus wanted the company of other people in His suffering (14:32-33)

  • Jesus drew away with His disciples, although He could have gone alone
  • There are no Lone Rangers in the spiritual life with God

3. Jesus’ distress led Him into prayer (14:35-36)

  • He expresses His distress to God
  • What other avenues arise as options in our distress: avoidance, escape, temptation, distraction, paralysis?

4. Jesus experienced the limitations of His friends (14:37-41)

  • The disciples fell asleep three times
  • “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” – in us and in others

5. Jesus knew who God was even in the midst of His suffering (14:36)

  • He knew the love of God: “Abba, Father…”
  • He knew the power of God: “Everything is possible for you”
  • Don’t doubt in the dark what God has revealed to you in the light

6. Jesus submitted to God’s plan even when it involved suffering and things not going as He would have wished (14:36)

  • “Yet not what I will, but what You will”
  • “The hour has come”

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