Summary: A message about Jesus in the garden. This is part of a series that follows Jesus on His way to the cross. This is about overcoming anxiety and experiencing healing.
Title: Christ’s Passion – The Garden
Theme: To show why Christ agonized in the Garden, it is so we don’t have to agonize today.
Text: Luke 22:39-46
This past week we started an Easter season series called “From the Table to the Tomb”. Each week we will have activities and studies that relate to Christ’s journey to the cross. Many don’t realize that much of the gospels were written about this journey. Most of the gospels contain Christ’s last three years and then mostly his last week. There is an emphasis on the crucifixion and resurrection.
This morning I want us to look at the garden. My goal is to get you to see Christ’s anxiety in the garden and draw out the purpose for us today.
Luke 22:39-46 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed (this was not an uncommon place for Jesus and his disciples, this was a place of prayer and meditation, ) ,
(Lk 3:21-22) At His Baptism.
(Mk 1:35-36) In the morning before heading to Galilee.
(Lk 5:15) After healing people.
(Lk 6:12-13) Praying all night before choosing His 12 disciples.
(Mt 11:25-26) While speaking to the Jewish leaders.
(Jn 6:11) Giving thanks to the Father before feeding 5000. (Also see: Mt 14:19,Mk 6:41, Lk 9:16)
(Mt 14:22) Before walking on water. (Also see: Mk 6:46, Jn 6:15)
(Mk 7:31-37) While healing a deaf and mute man.
(Mt 15:36) Giving thanks to the Father before feeding 4000. (Also see: Mk 8:6-7)
(Lk 9:18) Before Peter called Jesus "the Christ."
(Lk 9:28-29) At the Transfiguration.
(Lk 10:21) At the return of the seventy.
(Lk 11:1) Before teaching His disciples the Lord's Prayer.
(Jn 11:41-42) Before raising Lazarus from the dead.
(Mt 19:13-15) Laying hands on and praying for little children. (Also see:
Mk 10:13-16, Lk 18:15-17)
(Jn 12:27-28) Asking the Father to glorify His name.
(Mt 26:26) At the Lord's Supper. (Also see: Mk 14:22-23, Lk 22:19)
(Lk 22:31-32) Prayed for Peter's faith when Satan asked to "sift" him.
(Jn 17:1-26) Prayed for Himself, His disciples, and all believers just before heading to Gethsemane.
(Mt 26:36-46) In Gethsemane before His betrayal. (He prayed 3 separate prayers.)(Also see: Lk 22:39-46, Mk 14:32-42)
(Lk 23:34) Right after being nailed to the cross, Jesus prayed, "Father forgivethem; for they know not what they do."
(Mt 27:46) While dying on the cross, Jesus cried out, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Also see: Mk 15:34)
(Lk 23:46) In His dying breath, Jesus prayed, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit."
(Lk 24:30) Prayed a blessing on the bread before He ate with others after His resurrection.
(Lk 24:50-53) He blessed the disciples before His Ascension.
There are also verses outside of the Gospels that show us that even though Jesus
is now in Heaven, He is still making intercession on our behalf (Rom 8:34)(Heb 7:25)
(Heb 9:24)(1 Jn 2:1).
From jesusalive.cc question # 204
Mark brings out more detail of the interchange between the disciples and Jesus. We learn that Jesus was struggling with this plight and he wanted the disciples to stay awake and pray.
Mark 14:32 And they came to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” 33 He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he began to be filled with horror and deep distress. 34 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.” 35 He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.”
(41) And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and prayed, (42) saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." (43) Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
“Not my will, but Yours, be done”
Christ’s passion was to fulfill the Father’s will which meant going to the cross and be an intercessor/mediator for us.
Hebrews 7:23-25 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. (24) But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. (25) Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.