HOW TO GET A SENSE OF DIRECTION
JOHN 18: 1 - 12
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JESUS CHRIST's last hours on the platform of planet earth are a
model of conduct under pressure. He knew His long-awaited
"hour" had come.
He was within hours to have laid on Him "the iniquity of us all"
(Isaiah 53: 4 - 6).
He was about to bear "our sins in His own body on the cross" (I
With the rising of the next day's sun, He would "taste death for
us all" (Hebrews 2:9).
Three expressions in our text give guidance in decision making:
I.HE WENT OUT (Vs. 1)
Jesus left the upper room where He had shared in the Last Supper
with His disciples. He retreated to one of His favorite places,
the quiet olive grove known as Gethsamene. In coming down from
Jerusalem through the Valley of Jehosaphat, He crossed the brook
Kidron. Circumstances involved in celebrating the Passover
would have provided a full moon. The kidron would have been
running red with the blood of over 250,000 lambs slain in the
temple--for it served as a run-off drain. This would have
reminded Jesus that He was soon to be slain as a lamb for our
There Jesus prayed and prepared Himself for what was ahead. We
too need to equip ourselves through prayer for future events.
Jesus made a commitment in His prayer "Thy will be done." Now
He had simply to enact it.
Dedication is the ability to carry out the intent of a decision
long after the emotion that inspired it has faded.
Upon finishing His prayer, Jesus came back for the third time to
where His sleeping disciples awaited Him. He said of them, "the ...
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