Summary: A look at the response of JEsus' disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane.

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Resurrection Series: “Redeemed”

Sleeping While The Savior Suffers

Mark 14:27-40

I read an article about a couple who were on vacation. They were asleep and the woman was awakened by an intruder. The man attacked her and sexually assaulted her and her husband slept through the entire attack. He finally woke up when it was to late! Can you imagine how devastated he was when he awoke to find the love of his life beaten, bloody and terrified? I tend not to worry about intruders during the day time, but at night Amber and I both check and double check the doors. (Especially since someone came by in the middle of the night and stole my truck) There are some nights when I hear noises and I jump up and look out the window and sometimes even go outside to check. Why? Because my family is precious to me and I want to protect them for anything or anyone that would do them harm. But there are some nights when I go to sleep and a freight train couldn’t wake me up!

Unfortunately there are many Christians who are asleep spiritually and the enemy is attacking and planning more attacks! Today the church is “Sleeping While The Savior Suffers”. We find a great illustration of the problems that brings in our selected text today.

At this point in the life of our Savior, His purpose for coming to this earth was soon to be fulfilled. For some 33 years:

He had walked this earth

He had taught with great authority

He had fulfilled many prophecies

He had performed many miracles

He had changed many lives.

In verses 12-26 we read where they have “celebrated the Passover”. Then they left the upper room and set out for Jerusalem. They made their way through the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane.While on this journey Jesus taught them about:Heaven, The Peace of God, Surrendering to the Lord, The coming of the Holy Spirit. - Then we find the true “Lord’s Prayer” in John 17. (What is commonly referred to as “the Lord’s prayer” is better described as “The Model Prayer”. In this chapter we see Jesus’ heart as He cries out to His Father)

Jesus’ had made the statement in the past that “My hour has not come”…well now His hour was come. He would soon be betrayed by one of His own into the hands of His enemies. And He would be abandoned by His closest followers. (the remaining 11 disciples). This was no surprise to Jesus, He even proclaimed in our text that this would be the case - “All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered”

As they approached Gethsemane, Jesus told the disciples to sit down for a while. Then we read in verse 33 {that} he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; In this time of great sorrow, He gave His followers a simple task to obey. He told them to “Sit, Watch & Pray.” - Unfortunately, instead of watching & praying His followers fell asleep….. Not once but three times. Before we go any farther I want to consider a few things about their situation:

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Steve Shepherd

commented on Apr 14, 2014

Brother Kevin, This is another very good sermon. I love your good sermon outlines. They are excellent. Your people should appreciate your great sermons. God bless you.

Cydney Idsinga

commented on Jul 19, 2014

Thank You

Kevin L. Jones

commented on Jul 20, 2014

You are more than welcome... May God bless you!!

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