Summary: After viewing a screening of the Passion movie by Mel Gibson I wrote this sermon in my hotel room that night.

The Cup of the Cross- (to win the world)

Show preview of Passion. - Cant get away from the cross. - Awakened at 5:30

Matt 26:36-24 -How serious are we about our cup? If you knew what you had to do for one of your closest friends to be saved., would you do it? Jesus knew - it was in the cup.

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Let‘s Follow Jesus into the garden then we can take up the cup and cross.

What is in this cup? cup = cross/ cup = burden of sin ...

I.) Sorrow v.36

A. place to pray”

in time of sorrow cross to bear Do you have a place?”

B. people of prayer

disciples, friends v. 40-fell asleep stay and watch

C. Pain of Prayer - v38

D. Problem of prayer v40 What?

What is in this cup?

II. Surrender

A. Prayer of Possibilities v39

Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

B. Prayer to pass v39

C. Prayer of Priority v39 thy will-- surrender to God’s cup to win the lost!

C. Prayer with pitiful participation - Every one else is asleep...

What is in this cup?

III. Sinners

A. Precise timing - God brings pain, problems = possibilities to God - (to drink = the cross)

B Punishing betrayal v47

C. Purpose of the Cup - Jn 3:16

ILL>>> Old man - groaning - If I only had a bigger boat. by Bobby Welch

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