Summary: Sometimes we so emphasize that Jesus is the Son of God (fully divine) that we forget He is also the Son of Man (fully human). At Gethsemane, we see Jesus’ human nature struggling with the perfect will of God — for our sakes!
Jesus the Struggler
1. We all do goofy things. “Today, I took a picture of the combination to my new lock so I would always have it on my phone if I ever forgot it. I put my phone in my gym locker, locked it with the new lock, then promptly forgot the combination.”
2. Jesus had a struggle; it wasn’t about doing wrong. It was about paying the greatest price ever, to bear the sins of the world and provide redemption for all who will believe. The price tag was immense: physical & (worse) spiritual suffering.
Main Idea: Sometimes we so emphasize that Jesus is the Son of God (fully divine) that we forget He is also the Son of Man (fully human). At Gethsemane, we see Jesus’ human nature struggling with the perfect will of God — for our sakes!
I. The Theological Struggle: Jesus Wanted Us to Be FORGIVEN, But Did Not WANT to Suffer.
A. The cup is the cup of God’s WRATH. [show photo 1 Cup]
Isaiah 51:17, “Wake yourself, wake yourself, stand up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the Lord the cup of his wrath, who have drunk to the dregs
the bowl, the cup of staggering…”
Jeremiah 25:15, “Thus the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: ‘Take from my hand this cup of the wine of wrath, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it.’”
B. If there was ANOTHER way to save mankind, the Father would have answered Jesus’ prayer!
C. God can only save us in a way that does not CONTRADICT His Nature: He is both loving and JUST.
• It is inaccurate to say God can do anything; it is more accurate to say God has all power. He cannot contradict His nature; He cannot sin or lie, for example.
D. We, too, must accept the distasteful TRUTHS taught in the Bible.
1. “Today, I was talking to an art critic at an exhibition. He told me that the artist had no talent and went on to tell me everything wrong with each painting. I'd painted them all.”
2. What this artist heard was disheartening, but perhaps true.
3. The truth about us is disheartening, which is why our mind edits memories.
4. We need to be fixed, but our mind tells us we are not broken.
5. We desperately need to be forgiven, redeemed, and begin a new life in Jesus.
II. The Spiritual Struggle: Jesus Struggled in to Keep His Human Will ALIGNED With the Father’s.
A. The Way Jesus Struggled Was in PRAYER. [show photo 2 prayer]
B. The Bible talks about Jesus being TEMPTED in all points, yet without sin.
1. He called the Father Abba, something Jews did not do
2. Peter had been used of the Evil One to tempt Him to avoid the cross earlier, in Matthew 16:21-23: From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”