Summary: Jesus's victory over temptation, and what we can learn from it.
I. The Garden
v.39 "And he came out, and went, as He was wont, to the Mt. of Olives . . . .
v.40 "And when He was at the place . . . .
Q) Where is "the place" Luke is talking about here?
Q) Why were Jesus and the disciples going to the Garden?
2 Reasons for going to the Garden:
1) Jesus needed to get away, to a private place, and seek the will of the Father.
2) The Garden is where Judas would look for him! (v.2)
In the Bible Exposition Commentary, by Warren Wiersbe, he writes:
"John may have had in mind King David's experience when he left Jerusalem and fled from his son Absalom. Both David and Jesus were throneless kings, accompanied by their closest friends and rejected by their own people. The name "Kidron" means "murky, dark," and "Gethsemane" means "oil press." Surely these names are significant."
In Matt. 26:38 Jesus says, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death . . . ."
v.37 says, He became "sorrowful, and very heavy . . . ."
On this dark and murky night, Jesus knew His time on earth was coming to an end. He had little time left to spend with his disciples. In a matter of hours, Judas would betray Jesus with a kiss, and hand him over to an angry mob. Under the stress, pressure, and temptations of this fateful hour, Jesus needed to get away and seek the Will of the Father.
WE ALL NEED A PLACE OF RETREAT TO GET ALONE WITH GOD.
When the pressures of the day seem too much to bear, we know we can always go to the Lord in prayer. That is just what Jesus did!
WE ALL NEED A GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE: PRIVATE & QUIET
II. The Inner Circle
Luke mentions the disciples as a whole but he doesn't go into more detail.
Jesus gave the disciples directions to sit and pray; He then took His "inner circle" further into the garden with him. This inner circle being Peter, James and John.
Jesus has a twofold purpose here:
1) SUPPORT Jesus wanted the support of these three friends in a time of anguish. We must note that Jesus did not need them for support, but He wanted them for support!
Prov. 18:2 says, ". . . there is a friend who sticks
closer than a brother.
In your time of need, how important is having a close friend around to support you? We all need friends, but more importantly, we must have close friends. Friends that can share burdens.
2) TEACHING/ DISCIPLING Jesus wanted this "inner circle" with Him, for their benefit. He wanted them to see how to deal with temptation!
"about a stone's cast"- John MacArthur says this means within earshot of the inner three.
Jesus wanted the disciples close enough to Him, so they could
witness his agony, and see Him come through this time of trial and temptation victoriously.