Sunday, May 21, 2006

Mark: God's will, not our own

God's will, not our own

Mark 14:32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.

Jesus takes his disciples to the garden of Gethsemane. He came to pray.

Mark 14:33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;

He took three close men with him, and was greatly distressed and troubled;

Mark 14:34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

His soul was almost to the point of death. Would you stay close by and stay awake? They should have known that Jesus needed prayer, yet some things we endure alone. They could not die for our sins; Jesus must die. He was willing to die right there, perhaps, his soul being to the point of death, but it was necessary that his blood be shed for sins. Do you see how satan could have tempted him here to just die? Many are tempted by satan to kill themselves, to just die, hold on, and seek God's will. Always we follow God and not satan. When life gets difficult, God is there. Do not give up.

Mark 14:35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
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.

Jesus, our example: he asks his abba Father, that he somehow might escape the coming sacrifice, perhaps as God provided a sacrifice for Abraham, as he was preparing to sacrifice his son? Abraham was obeying God, and God had mercy. Jesus must go to the cross, so that we may receive mercy and grace. Death could not keep Jesus in the grave. He asks the Father to escape this terrible ordeal, but, The Father's Will, not mine. If the Father wills, he will obey the Father to the cross.

Phil 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Mark 14:37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?
Mark 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

So hard to stay awake, yet, Jesus needed them to pray with him. Hear this: If Jesus wanted others to pray for him? We should not prevent others from praying for our needs. The spirit of God is our strength, always willing to do right, but the flesh body is weak. Watch and pray for your ownselves that you not fall into sin, because of weak flesh and pray for others, also. God has a work for you to finish, so do not let satan stop you. Notice that Jesus was giving help to his disciples, even when he had so much on his mind. He knew what was coming. Do not let worries keep you from reaching out to others. Be as our Lord Jesus Christ; the perfect man and Son of God.

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