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Summary: This message deals with the difficult times Jesus faced in the Garden of Gethsemene and how things that happen to people can be overcome.


MATTHEW 26:36-50

[36] Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

[37] And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

[38] Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

[39] And he went a little farther, 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.

[40] And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

[41] Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

[42] He 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. [43] And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. [44] And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

[45] Then 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.

[46] Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

[47] And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

[48] Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

[49] And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

[50] And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

Have you ever had a night like this?

Have you ever wondered why God didn’t do something to help?

16 year old Linda Gray was going through deep pain.

Her stepfather hated her and made life miserable for her.

Her real father was in prison...

and he didn’t seem to really want her.

Her mother was afraid to say anything to her husband...

and she kept telling Linda that it really wasn’t that bad.

Linda tried to share some of her burden with John Nelson.

She thought John was her boy friend.

She called John on the phone and was crying.

She said, "I feel so bad, tonight. Please, come talk to me."

But John said he couldn’t help her and hung up.

She found out later on...he was dating another girl.

What a dark night for Linda.

Have you ever had what you’d call your darkest night?

Maybe it was the death of a loved one.

Maybe it was the end of a close friendship.

Maybe it was the end of a marriage...or an engagement.

Perhaps your darkest night was the discovery of cancer.

Or the suddenness of a heart attack... or a stroke.

Your darkest night may have been the loss of a job.

The loss of your home by fire.

Or maybe it was your first night away from home.

Think for a moment about your darkest night!

Think how you felt.

What did you do in that hour of great need?

Did you feel all alone?

Well...You were not alone.

Jesus Christ, though He came to earth a human,

still possessed all the Attributes and Nature of God.

And yet He suffered through a dark night.

God the Father did not spare Him from pain & suffering.

Jesus said, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death."

We see Jesus’ dark night unfolding in the Garden of Gethsemane.

This is just part of the story.

This Garden of Gethsemane struggle

was followed by the gutless denial of Peter

and then the illegal trial by the Sanhedrin.

But just what made the time in the Garden such a dark night?


Verse 39:

And he went a little farther, 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.

In his book Just Like Jesus, Max Lucado writes,

"The prayer of Jesus was unanswered. Jesus and unanswered prayer in the same phrase? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Would the son of Henry have no Ford or the child of Bill Gates own no computer? Would God, the one who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, keep something from His own Son? He did that night. Consequently, Jesus had to deal with the dilemma of unanswered prayer."

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