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Summary: The need to go a little further will make us better men and women for God.

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Matthew 26:39 KJV And 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.

Luke 22:41 KJV And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,


-The two passages that we have read is activity that follows the Last Supper which took place in the Upper Room. If you were to read John 13-16 you would be able to hear the words of the Lord and to observe some of His actions there. I have referred to that particular passage of Scripture in the past as the Upper Room Principles.

• The understanding that death has an appointment with all—13:1

• The prevalence of evil to be among the good—13:2

• There is a will of God that we cannot escape—13:3

• You find there a principle of servanthood—13:4

• The blessing of the basin and the towel—13:5

• The hindrance of personal pride—13:8

• The cry for cleansing—13:9

• The need for brothers to serve each other—13:14

• The greatest example set by the Lord—13:15

• The gift of fellowship opens the door to betrayal—13:21

• The troubling presence of a devil among disciples (Tares/Wheat)—13:23-27

• The new commandment of love—13:34

• The hope of Heaven—14:1-4

• The true identity of Jesus, He is the Father—14:5-14

• The connection between love and obedience—14:15-21

• The promise of the Holy Ghost—14:26

• The Vine and the Branches—15:1-8

• The evidence of the greatest love is laying down your life for another—15:14-17

• The men the world will love to hate—15:18-19; 22-27

• The anointing of God does not exalt a servant but the Master—15:20-21

• There is no place that sin can hide—15:22

• Be careful not to allow the persecutions of life to offend and embitter you—16:1-4

• There are penalties that will come from associations with Jesus Christ—16:3-4

• The works of the Holy Ghost—16:7-16

• There is pain that takes place before the joy of birth—16:19-22

• The principle of prayer—16:23-28

• Before peace comes tribulation—16:29-33

-This is just a quick summary of the principles that Jesus gave to His disciples that last night before the Crucifixion.

-Despite the actions of Judas, prior all of the trouble that was to befall Jesus on that night, the disciples appeared to have been enjoying a time of closeness and camaraderie.


-After the Jesus and the remaining disciples had ate and sang a hymn they left the Upper Room to go to the Mount of Olives. He had spent every night of the Passover week there (Luke 21:37; 22:39).

-It was here that the Lord would spend a night of agony in the Garden of Gethsemane among the olive trees. He was moving in this direction for privacy and prayer to be ready for what was to come to Him.

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