03-30-14 Trial

What would you do if you were betrayed, arrested, put through six trials, beaten and mocked? How would you respond? 

This week we will see God’s way is definitely not our way. Join us at 9 or 11 a.m. for week 4 of The Last 24.

Serve the Boro March 29th

March 25th, 2014

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2014 Spring Life Groups Ann 1

We will not have One Hour on Wednesday this week! Currently, we are on a one week break from our Life Groups. This means it is RALLY WEEK! Time to sign up for a Life Group or Life Application Group. Check them out at believersstatesboro.com and then sign up this week at church or call the church office to sign up. We have something for everyone.

 

Wednesday nights we will be offering something new in the sanctuary for Adults! Join us at 7 PM and be a part of one of FIVE LIFE APPLICATION groups that will be going on during Spring Quarter! This will be a great evening of digging deeper into the previous weeks sermon with others in your group. Meanwhile, Children’s Ministry and EDGE will be meeting during normal times. Come be a part of Wednesday Night Application Groups beginning April 2nd!

 

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Listen or watch online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/.

We have all experienced betrayal. Maybe it was a broken marriage or relationship, cheated by a business partner, or had a friend turn their back on us, we’re all familiar with the pain of betrayal. We have all experienced betrayal at one time or another. Betrayal happens!

It’s easy to talk about being betrayed and all the wrong that has been done to us. We talked about how to overcome the hurt and pain of betrayal in “Betrayal Pits” back in 03-01-09. But today we are not dealing with how to overcome betrayal, but we are considering how not to be the betrayer. In Jesus’s greatest hours of need, “The Last 24” hours of His life, all of His disciples betrayed Him in some form or another.

Thursday Night at the Last Supper

Jesus washed the disciples feet (everyone who was about to betray him including Judas). Then Jesus predicts his betrayal. Matt 26:21-24 And while they were eating, (John 13:21 Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified…)

he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me." (one of you will betray me– one who is eating with me." Mark 14:18 / Luke 22:21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.

22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?"

Luke 22:23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this. (NIV) (Suspicion arises)

23 Jesus replied, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born." (NIV)

John records the event of that night. John 13:22-30 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, "Ask him which one he means." 25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, "Lord, who is it?" 26 Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish." Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. "What you are about to do, do quickly," Jesus told him,

Matt 26:25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you." (NIV)

28 but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor.

30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night. (NIV)

Jesus Arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane

John 18:2-9 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. (Your friends and those close to you know where you like to go.) 3 So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons. (Judas was leading them… Lk 22:47)

4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, "Who is it you want?"

5 "Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "I am he," Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)

6 When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Again he asked them, "Who is it you want?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth." 8 "I told you that I am he," Jesus answered. "If you are looking for me, then let these men go." 9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: "I have not lost one of those you gave me."

Mark 14:44-45 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him

and lead him away under guard." 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him. (NIV)

The Disciples Let Jesus Down Because of FATIGUE and FEAR

Matt 26:31 Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: "’I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

Matt 26:54-56 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?" 55 At that time Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. (NIV)

Luke 22:53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour– when darkness reigns." (NIV)

Last week we saw that the disciples missed their opportunity to minister to Jesus during a time of great need. Three times Jesus asked them to watch and pray with Him and three times He found them sleeping. Sorrow and fatigue had set in.

1Thes 5:6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.

Then when Jesus was arrested they hide in fear or watched from a distance. Only John was at the cross with Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Jesus. When Jesus appears to them after His resurrection, He finds them behind locked doors, which was unusual in that day.

Even though Jesus had warned them of what was to come. Fear still gripped them.

1 Pet 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. (Wake Up! Watch and Pray!) Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (NIV)

NEXT STEP: This week I will wake up to spiritual warfare occurring in my life and be alert, but not fearful.

Judas Betrayed Jesus because of GREED and DISILLUSIONMENT

Wednesday Night and the Plot to Kill Jesus Matt 26:3-4 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,

4 and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him. (NIV)

They had a plot, but they needed help from the inside. Satan’s goal is to kill, steal, and destroy and he plots against the church. But normally his plots are unsuccessful…unless he has help from the inside.

In Judas the High Priest found their inside man.

Luke 22:3-4 Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. 4 And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. (NIV)

Disillusionment

Matt 26:1-2 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 "As you know, the Passover is two days away– and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."

This was not what Judas wanted to hear. He, like the other disciples thought Jesus was going to establish a physical kingdom on the earth. Judas was the treasurer of this organization even though they didn’t have a lot of money, but when the Kingdom was established, then he would manage that account as well! But Jesus had come as a servant to die and give his life as a ransom for many.

Judas was the money keeper, this was not a problem until he became disillusion with Jesus and His way of doing things. So now the scene is set. The chief priest were already looking to arrest and kill Jesus (vs. 3-5), they just needed their inside man. The last straw for Judas may have been an incident that occurred in Bethany at the home of Simon the Leper

Jesus Anointed for Burial Matt 26:6-13 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. 9 "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor." 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."

Judas didn’t like how the money was being spent. Jesus had just finished sharing “The Great Compassion” (Matt. 25:35-46) with them. Surely this money should have been used to feed the poor!

Disillusionment and Greed

Matt 26:14-16 Then one of the Twelve– the one called Judas Iscariot– went to the chief priests 15 and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. Now Greed enters the picture. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. (NIV)

When people start complaining about the money or how the money is being spent, it is usually the result of one of two things.

1) True mismanagement and misuse of the funds. Which is certainly not the case here.

2) Mission Drift. The one complaining about the use of the money has drifted away from the heart and vision of the organization. Money is an emotional hot button and an easy target for division.

Maybe Judas began to love the money, more than the mission?

Mark 4:18-19 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. (NIV)

Maybe Judas didn’t mean for things to go as far as they did. He did tell those arresting Jesus not to harm him. But once he lead the mob to Jesus and was the catalyst to make the arrest happen, things quickly got out of his control.

NEXT STEP: Pray that greed and materialism doesn’t overtake you and that you will not forget your mission and purpose.

Peter Denied Jesus Because of INTIMIDATION and ARROGANCE

Intimidation

Matt 26:69-75 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. "You also were with Jesus of Galilee," she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. "I don’t know what you’re talking about," he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, "This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth." 72 He denied it again, with an oath: "I don’t know the man!" 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, "Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away." 74 Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, "I don’t know the man!" Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly. (NIV)

Arrogance

Matt 26:33-35 Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." 34 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." 35 But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same. (NIV)

1 Cor 10:12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (NIV)

Not only did Peter deny Jesus, but suddenly found himself looking into the eyes of Jesus.

Luke 22:60-62 Peter replied, "Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!" Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times."

62 And he went outside and wept bitterly. (NIV)

NEXT STEP: I will not be intimidated by others, but I won’t be arrogant about my own spirituality either.

Life Group and Family Devotional Application

1) Have you ever been betrayed by someone close to you? How did it feel? How do you think Jesus

was feeling?

2) We are tempted at some point in our lives to let others or Jesus down. How would FATIGUE and FEAR cause someone to be more likely to betray a friend or let Jesus down? Give several examples of each.

3) How would GREED and DISILLUSIONMENT cause someone to be more likely to betray a friend or let Jesus down? Give several examples of each.

4) How would INTIMIDATION and ARROGANCE cause someone to be more likely to betray a friend or let Jesus down? Give several examples of each.

The Betrayal Matt Mark Luke John

Plot to kill Jesus

 

26:3-5

 

14:1-2

 

22:1-2

   

Judas bargains to betray Jesus

 

26:14-16

 

14:10-11

 

22:3-6

   

The Lord’s Supper

 

26:26-29

 

14:22-25

 

22:14-20

 

I Cor 11:23-29

Jesus predicts his betrayal

 

26:21-25

 

14:18-21

 

22:21-23

 

13:21-26

Judas leaves

             

13:27-30

A new commandment

             

13:31-35

Jesus predicts the disciples’ denial

 

26:31-32

 

14:27-28

       

Jesus tells Simon he prayed for him

         

22:31-32

   

Jesus predicts Peter’s denials

 

26:33-35

 

14:29-31

 

22:33-34

 

13:36-38

Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane

 

26:36-46

 

14:32-42

 

22:40-46

   

Mob comes to arrest Jesus

 

26:47

 

14;43

     

18:2-3

Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss

 

26:48-50

 

14:44-45

 

22:47-48

   

Jesus answers the mob with authority

             

18:4-9

Peter severs the ear of Malchus

 

26:50-54

 

14:46-47

 

22:49-50

 

18:10-11

Jesus heals the high priest’s servant

         

22:51

   

Jesus is arrested. The disciples flee.

 

26:55-56

 

14:48-52

 

22:52-54

 

18:12

Jesus lead to high priest’s house

 

26:57

 

14:53

 

22:54

 

18:13-14

Peter follows at a distance

 

26:58

 

14:54

 

22:54

 

18:15-16

Peter’s 1st denial – door keeping girl

 

26:69-70

 

14:66-68

 

22:55-57

 

18:17-18

Peter’s 2nd denial – by the fire

 

26:71-72

 

14:69-70

 

22:58

 

18:25

Peter’s 3rd denial – relative of Malchus

 

26:73-75

 

14:70-72

 

22:59-62

 

18:26-27

betrayal

 

We have all experienced betrayal. Maybe it was a broken marriage or relationship, cheated by a business partner, or had a friend turn their back on us, we’re all familiar with the pain of betrayal. Betrayal happens!

It’s easy to talk about being betrayed and all the wrong that has been done to us. But this Sunday we are not dealing with how to overcome betrayal, but we are considering how not to be the betrayer. Sadly, in Jesus’s greatest hours of need, “The Last 24” hours of His life, all of His disciples betrayed Him in some form or another. We will learn how to avoid the pit falls of betrayal and letting Jesus down. Join us at 9 or 11 a.m. at Believers Church for “The Betrayal”.

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Believers Church is going out to serve our city together!

Join other Believers’ as we wash cars this Saturday at Checkers! Meet at 9 a.m. and stay as long as you can!

Baby Dedication March

If you have recently had a baby or if you have a young child that you would like to dedicate to the Lord, then this Sunday you will have that opportunity. We will have Baby Dedication in each of our services. Call the church office and let us know which service you would like your child dedicated in.

One Hour on Wednesday 7 PM

March 18th, 2014

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If you really want to know the heart and character of a man, follow him in the last hours of his life.

With that being said, do you ever wonder what the last day of Jesus’ life looked like? What did He do? Where did He go? Who did He spend His last hours with? We are exploring The Last 24 hours of Jesus’ life as we prepare for Easter and I believe that we will learn a lot about His heart and His character and His love for you and I. The Last 24 began on a Thursday evening with The Last Supper that Jesus ate with His disciples as they celebrated Passover together.

· During dinner Jesus stopped and washed the disciple’s feet teaching them that the path to true greatness is serving others.

· After Jesus washed the disciples’ feet the disciples shared in what we now refer to as “The Lord’s Supper” of communion which taught them that Jesus is the ultimate Passover Lamb of God. And every time we take the Lord’s Supper or communion, we remember the death and burial and resurrection of Jesus

· Jesus predicts his betrayal, Satan fills the heart of Judas and he leaves.

· Much to their surprise Jesus predicts the disciples’ will deny Him, and Jesus was praying for Peter, because he would deny Him three times.

· Jesus warns the disciples to be prepared for hard times that were coming, but he also speaks great words of hope and encouragement to His disciples in and extended dinner conversation. We will talk about a lot of that conversation during our teachings on the Holy Spirit in the summer.

· Near the end of the last supper, Jesus prays a beautiful prayer for His twelve disciples and for you and me. Then they all sang a hymn together and left together.

The Kidron Valley

John 18:1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it. (NIV)

Jesus leads His disciples, now only eleven, out of the upper room and into the narrow streets of Jerusalem and outside the city gates. Then the writer John, who was an eye witness to all we will talk about today, is the only written records that Jesus went to Kidron Valley, which would include a crossing of the Brook of Kidron, to get to the Garden of Gethsemane.

Now during the time of the Passover, the temple, where they did all of these animal sacrifices, was in full force. And the waste products from the animals, a lot of blood and other parts of the animals would be washed in this brook.

Think about what’s happening in The Last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. Jesus had just celebrated Passover with his disciples. Passover remembers God sending Moses to deliver the Children of Israel out of the Egyptian slavery and bondage. After nine other plagues, God sent a death Angel into Egypt to kill all of the first born. God’s people were spared when they put the blood of a lamb on their door post. Then the death angel would “Passover” that home. So we have Jesus the ultimate sinless Lamb of God at the celebration that was a foreshadow of what He had come to do. He would be the final atonement.

Now as they leave, they walk through an area littered with animal sacrifices that were insufficient to bring long term forgiveness from sin. Only Jesus could do that. Jesus would be the final sacrifice, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

The Garden Gethsemane

Matt 26:36-46

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray."

Gethsemane means “press”, like an olive press. In a sense as Jesus entered Gethsemane he was entering a press. The anxiety and stress would be more than we could imagine and hard for anyone to push through. As the evening continues, the press continues to tighten down on Jesus.

All the disciples were asked to sit and pray. But the inner circle, the guys Jesus really counted on were asked to go further with him.

37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (James and John) along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. (Mk 14:33 …he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.)

38 Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."

Have you ever been there? Your heart is so heavy, you are so distressed that you can barely put one foot in front of the other. You feel like you are going to die! And you are begging for someone to pray with you and hold you up in prayer.

The Prayer

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed,

Not a casual prayer, not a get on my knees and pray prayer, but a falling face to the ground, pouring out your soul type prayer! The press was crushing down on Jesus and all He could do was pray.

"My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."

May this cup be taken from me. For Jesus this would be a cup of suffering that He would drink.

In the Old Testament a cup is a metaphor for our lives and can be filled with many things.

· Filled with goodness and mercy (Ps. 23:5-6) and salvation (Ps. 116:13).

· But also your cup can be filled with wrath (Is. 51:17) and horror (Ez. 23:33).

· Commonly we see the cup representing God’s judgment and wrath. (Ps. 75:8; Isa. 51:17; Jer. 25:15; Lam. 4:21; Ezek. 23:32; Rev. 16:19; comp. Matt. 26:39, 42; John 18:11).

· The cup is also the symbol of death (Matt. 16:28; Mark 9:1; Heb. 2:9).

Why would Jesus, being sinless, have to drink of a cup of judgment, wrath and suffering?

Because He was going to drink it for you and I. God is a loving God, full of grace and mercy, but God is a just God too. And someone has to pay for my sins and your sins.

· Because of what I have done, I deserve the judgment and wrath of God.

· You, we all, have sinned and the wages of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23)

He was willing to take our place and pay the price for our sins. He would go on to bear divine judgment that should rightly fall on you and me and all of sinful humanity.

In this process, he will suffer horribly, both in the physically realm and spiritually as he enters the Hell of separation from his Father.

Only the book of Luke reveals some details that show us what severe pressure and distress Jesus was going through. So much that it required divine intervention. Luke 22:43-44 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. (NIV)

The Bible does not say that Jesus’ sweat became great drops of blood, but rather that they became LIKE great drops of blood. This is a medical condition called "hematidrosis", and is referred to as "bloody sweat". Under extreme stress, the capillaries lining the sweat glands may burst producing this condition.

Maybe, just maybe when you are under that kind of extreme stress, you can find strength in your friends who will be praying are hopefully praying for you.

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. (Luke 22:45 exhausted from sorrow.) "Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?" he asked Peter.

41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."

The 2nd Prayer Time

42 He went away a second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done."

The first request "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Now after spending that time in prayer and thinking about what he had been sent to do, His mission, and His purpose, the pray changes slightly. Ok Father, if it’s not possible, the only way to redeem the world is for me to drink it, then may your will be done.

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.

The 3rd Prayer Time

44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

Again Jesus wrestles with the question, is there another way we can do this? But if not, I will do it your way.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

46 Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!" (NIV)

Wake Up To Opportunities to Minister To and For Jesus

If ever Jesus needed His three closet friends it was now. The press was squeezing down on Him and it was only going to get worse. Jesus felt alone. Jesus needed prayer. Jesus needed support. Jesus needed comfort and encouragement. The disciples sleep through their greatest opportunity to minister to a distressed and troubled Jesus.

We won’t have the same opportunity they had to minister to Jesus in His time of distress, but every day we have opportunities to minister for Jesus. To be His hands and feet here on this earth. To minister to those around us. To extend the love of Jesus to them.

1Thes 5:6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.

(NIV) Don’t go to sleep! Don’t miss your opportunities to minister to and for Jesus.

NEXT STEP: Ask God to wake you up to opportunities to minister to and for Jesus.

Pray Because The Flesh Is Weak

I think one of the lessons here and certainly something that you and I can relate to is Jesus’ words in Matt 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."

Too often we miss opportunities because even though our spirit may be willing, our flesh is weak.

But the second thing to consider here is that sin may cause you to miss your opportunities to minister to and for Jesus as well. Our spirit may be willing, but our flesh is weak and yes, we fall into temptation.

1 Pet 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (NIV)

As Jesus told Peter, James, and John, He said, “Watch and pray!” Wake up, watch and pray! Not just for yourselves, but for others as well.

Eph 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (NIV)

Pray To Overcome Temptation

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation…”

Sleep is not an instantaneous occurrence. It’s a gradual process that comes in steps. But once we’re asleep, waking up can be difficult. The same is true with sin. We enter sin, like sleep, slowly, even methodically. But once we’re in it, once we’ve fallen asleep to what God has in store for us, we can fail to realize the potential impact we can have in the world.

NEXT STEP: This week I will awake to the situations around me and watch and pray.

Not My Will But Your Will

Jesus was tempted in every way, just like we are. One of the temptations that Jesus had to deal with and you and I have wrestled with, is the temptation to do something other than God’s way. Maybe do it your way, do it the world’s way, do it another way other than how God told you to do it.

Jesus came to save us by giving His life for us. Matt 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (NIV)

In the heat of the moment, when the press was squeezing down upon Him, and sensing what brutality He would face going to the cross. He was faced with the temptation to not do the will of the Father, but to do it some other way. This was not the first time Jesus had been tempted with this. Three times Jesus had already overcome this temptation from Satan. The temptation to win the world other than God’s way.

The First Temptation: To Win the World with Bread (Matt 4:2-4)

The Second Temptation: To Win the World with Amazing Feats (Matt 4:5-7)

The Third Temptation: To Win the World with Satan’s Methods (Matt 4:8-10)

The devil left defeated, his attempts to sway Jesus having failed. He would, however, try to tempt Jesus many times during His forthcoming ministry.

Luke 4:13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Maybe Satan thought that this was that more opportune time. As the press of the weight of the sins of the world began to press heavy on Jesus, maybe He would decide to let the cup pass and maybe He would try to do it some other way, other than God’s way.

Is There Another Way?

Father if it is possible, if there is another way, let’s consider that option. Three times Jesus went to the Father with that question. Jesus is asking, is there another way? Do I have to go to the cross and drink of the cup of God’s wrath, all the way to the bottom?

This seems to still be a prevailing question in our society today. Some say, “I just can’t believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven. You guys are so narrow minded. There are many roads to heaven and each person must find it in there on way.”

In light of Jesus’ prayer to the Father and the stress that His Father saw Him under, don’t you think that if there was another way or another option that God would have allowed Jesus to take it.

Option A – My one and only Son has to suffer and die for the sins of others.

Option B – Live a good and moral life of self-discovery and you will go to heaven.

Option C – Generously give and support humanitarian projects and you will earn your way to heaven.

There is not Option B or C, only Option A.

Because Jesus loves you, He surrendered to the will of the Father and He drank from the cup of suffering, judgment, and wrath.

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. (NIV)

He tasted death, He drank the cup, and on the cross He declared, “It is finished.” I drank all of the cup.

"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Jn 4:34 (NIV)

NEXT STEP: Is there something in your life that you need to surrender to God’s will? If so, say, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Surrender to God’s way today.

The Garden Matt Mark Luke John

Jesus prays for his disciples

             

17:1-26

The fellowship enters Gethsemane

 

26:36

 

14:32

 

22:39-40

 

18:1

Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane

 

26:36-46

 

14:32-42

 

22:40-46

   

Mob comes to arrest Jesus

 

26:47

 

14:43

     

18:2-3

Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss

 

26:48-50

 

14:44-45

 

22:47-48

   

Jesus answers the mob with authority

             

18:4-9

Peter severs the ear of Malchus

 

26:50-54

 

14:46-47

 

22:49-50

 

18:10-11

Jesus heals the high priest’s servant

         

22:51

   

Jesus is arrested. The disciples flee.

 

26:55-56

 

14:48-52

 

22:52-54

 

18:12

Life Group and Family Devotional Application

1. What was the most stressful, distressful and pressing time in your past? What type of prayers did you pray during that time of your life? Did you have others who were standing with you in prayer?

2. Why would Jesus, being sinless, have to drink from a cup of judgment, wrath and suffering?

3. Do you think that the average Christian sleeps through opportunities to minister To and For Jesus?

4. Why do you think people are tempted to do things their way, other than God’s way?

5. Can you think of a time in your life when you had to learn to do something God’s way instead of your own way? Was it hard to say, “Not my will, but yours”? How were things better when you did it God’s way?

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Do you ever feel like life, circumstances, and situations are pressing down on you? Jesus did.

The Last 24 hours of Jesus life began on a Thursday evening with The Last Supper that Jesus ate with His disciples as they celebrated Passover together. After dinner Jesus leads His disciples, now only eleven, out of the upper room and into the narrow streets of Jerusalem and outside the city gates and crosses the Brook of Kidron, to get to the Garden of Gethsemane.

Gethsemane means “press”, like an olive press. In a sense as Jesus entered Gethsemane he was entering a press. The anxiety and stress would be more than we could imagine and hard for anyone to push through. As the evening continues, the press continues to tighten down on Jesus forcing Him into a time of intense prayer. Not a casual prayer, not a get on my knees and pray prayer, but a falling face to the ground, pouring out your soul type prayer! The press was crushing down on Jesus and all He could do was pray.

"My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."

Join us this Sunday, at Believers Church, 9 or 11 a.m. as we continue to investigate The Last 24 Hours of Jesus’ life.

“If you really want to know the heart and character of a man, follow him in the last hours of his life.”