Easter Sermon Series ~ Station Two: The Garden

Station Two: The Garden

Matthew 26:36-46 ~ “Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

The greatest lesson to be learned from Gethsemane is probably this: we are to strive against sin at any cost. The Scripture clearly proclaims this lesson:

Hebrews 12:3-4 ~ “For consider him that endured such contradiction [hostility] of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin”

The Divine nature and will of Christ are also clearly seen. Note the Lord’s words: “Let this cup pass from me: nevertheless….” The first act and impulse, the first struggle and movement of His will had come from His flesh: to escape the cup of separation from God. But the second act and impulse, the second struggle and movement of His will came from His Divine nature: to do not as He willed, but as God willed.

Christ’s surrender to do God’s perfect will was critical.

  • It was through His surrender that He was made perfect and stood before God as the Ideal and Perfect Man.
  • It was through His surrender to be the Ideal and Perfect Man that His righteousness is still able to stand for every man.
  • It was through His surrender to be the Ideal and Perfect Man that He was able to bear the cup of God’s wrath against sin for every man.
  • It was through His surrender to be the Ideal and Perfect Man that His sacrifice and sufferings are still able to stand for every man.
This point needs to be noted: watchfulness and prayer bear testimony to God. When men watch and pray, they demonstrate that dependency and trust in God are well founded. When God answers the prayers of men, He demonstrates that He loves and cares and delivers those who truly look up to Him. Without watching and praying, God allows men to fall in order to teach that dependency and trust in Him are absolutely essential.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
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