Summary: This sermon teaches how the Master responded to His worst bout with pressure.
No one should ever forget the pain of Gethsemane. No one should ever have the gall to reduce the suffering of my Lord to an Easter egg hunt or a chocolate rabbit. Considering the great war that our Lord was in the midst of; how can we commit such a horrible injustice? Note, how Jesus faced His most horrible trial! Should not we do the same? He goes to a solitary place; a place of prayer. He goes to His war-room to pray. He seeks not simply seclusion but inclusion with both: His Father and His friends. He was oppressed with great grief and overwhelmed with terrible anguish. But prayer remains His most formidable option. It was a peculiar change from the fellowship of the supper to the loneliness of the garden. The mountain naturally leads to the valley. It is the rhythm of human life. Sometimes we’re up and sometimes we are down. No one is exempted from the crushing pains of Gethsemane. Gethsemane in Hebrews means olive press or oil press place. Gethsemane can be almost anything that opposes us. Cancer, depression, sorrow, disappointments, etc. are Gethsemanes that we must all face. Let us remove our shoes as we enter the holy place where our Savior’s sweat poured like great drops of blood. The physician calls this rare occurrence, hematohidrosis. It is a condition where a person excretes blood and sweat concurrently. It usually occurs when a person is under great stress or possibly facing his own demise. It’s amazing what our Lord Jesus did for us. When life was at its worst: it should be noted that His answer was PRAYER! Here are several things we can learn from the Master’s War-Room:
I. He Went to a Familiar Place to Pray. (vs 36) (Jhn. 18:2)
A. Place that relaxed Him.
B. Place that reminded Him.
C. Place that revived Him.
II. Note the structure of the prayer:
• Separation-He went a little farther
• Partnership-He took with him Peter, James and John
• Excruciation: He went from the mount of transfiguration to the garden of disfiguration.
• Prostration-falling on His face
• Condition-if you are willing
• Petition-Take this cup from me
• Persistence-He prayed the same words three times
• Submission-not my will, but Thine be done
III. He Took His Friends for Comfort. (vs 36-37)
A. He needed them to share His plight.
B. He needed them stay within His proximity.
C. He needed them to absorb some of the pressure.
IV. Friends are Helpful When we are Under Great Pressure (vs 37)
A. Peter would promise his life.
B. John would pour out his love.
C. James would be a pusher for the Lord.
V. He Shared His Thoughts of Pressure with His Friends. (vs 38)
A. Confided in His friends.
B. He broke down before their faces.
C. He needed them to watch with Him faithfully.
VI. He Confronts God Alone. (38-39)
A. They can go with Him but not for Him.
B. He must be free to fight and focus.
C. They must see that pressure drives men to their war room to pray.
VII. He Understood His Friends Weariness. (vs 43) (Lk. 22:45)