Gospel of Mark Chapter 14 Part Four
Introduction: A key idea in the Gospel of Mark is that Jesus is the servant of God. Today, we hope to discuss Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane.
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Read Mark 14:32-42
5. Prayer in Gethsemane. Jesus takes His disciples with Him to Gethsemane to pray in this section of the Gospel of Mark. He takes His inner circle disciples a little further than the rest.
Jesus prays about the cup of suffering passing Him by. His disciples could not stay awake. With some stress in His spirit, Jesus calls for His disciples to follow Him, as He goes and faces His betrayers.
- Inner circle disciples. Notice in vss. 32-33 of the fourteen chapter of the Gospel of Mark that Jesus had inner circle disciples who slept on Him.
On one hand, notice the example of having some helpers closer to the leader than others. If you are one of the inner circle, live up to the expectations. If you are not one of them, pray for God's will to be done.
On the other hand, notice that even inner circle disciples/helpers cannot be trusted with some matters. We must keep our ultimate faith in God, not people. Let's work on being disciples of Christ and keeping our trust in the Lord.
- Sounding boards. Notice in vs. 34 that even Jesus was overwhelmed with His assignment and sought to share with those around Him.
We learned from this section of the Gospel of Mark that every leader needs someone to talk with. If you are that person, don't defy the trust. Strive to be helpful. If you are the leader, work on developing some trusted sounding boards and advisors.
But most of all develop your faith in God's will being best. Let's work on developing people we can talk to and trusting God. Prayerful study and obedience with the support of others will help us with our faith development.
- Dedication. Notice in vss. 35-36 of chapter 14 of the Gospel of Mark that Jesus had a preference, but He was willing to deny Himself and be dedicated to the Father's will.
It is not strange for God's will to be different than our preferences. We must develop the spiritual strength to deny ourselves and exercise dedication to God's will, which may include severe pain and suffering for us.
However, God's way is ultimately best for us, even when in the immediate future it is painful. Let's work on denying ourselves and being dedicated to God's will.
- Spirit verses flesh. Notice in vss. 37-38 the ideas of spirits being willing but bodies being weak. We should strive to be the best disciple of Christ that we can be.
We see in this section of the Gospel of Mark that our spirits should yearn to please the Lord. However, our flesh is weak. We should not be surprised when we falter.
Let's do the best that we can with what we have. We should not be depressed by our weak flesh. God's grace is sufficient. Nor should we just enjoy our weaknesses, God punishes sin.
- Repeated prayer. Notice in vs. 39 that Jesus prayed more than once about the same matter. "Reason" may suggest that we don't need to ask God about the same thing more than once.
After all, He heard us the first time. He already has a plan for our lives. But there are times, when the stress of our situation moves us to ask God at least one more time.
Thank God for the privilege to ask again. However, no matter how many times we ask, God is going to do what is best for us, even though it may be unpleasant for us. Let's work on praying with confidence in God's will being best for us.
- Moving to the next part. Notice in vss. 41-42 that Jesus got to a point where He stopped praying and stopped trying to keep His disciples awake. It was time to move on to the next part of the Father's plan.
There will be times in our lives, when we have prayed enough prayers and sought enough help from others. We learned from this section of the Gospel of Mark that there comes a time when we must walk into the shadow and death and trust God to see us through to the other side.
This will take much more faith than is developed in coming to Bible study every now and then. Let's develop the faith needed to move to the next part of God's plan. Prayerful study and obedience with the support of others can help us develop this kind of faith.
Conclusion: Let's work on being servants of Christ. God has much for those who obey His will.
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