Gethsemane by Daniel Rodgers

Daniel Rodgers
Mark 14:32-40

INTRODUCTION: In a sense, the two greatest battles of history were both fought in gardens. You will remember, in the Garden of Eden, Adam chose to disobey God, bringing sin to the human race. He failed to resist temptation; instead, he chose his will over the will of God.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, the Second Adam, Jesus, chose God's will over His own (human) will. Although the pain and spiritual misery of the cross awaited Him, it seems as though the internal battle was fought in the Garden.

Just as Adam's decision in the Garden of Eden affected all who are related to him (Romans 5:12), so Christ's decision in Gethsemane affects all who are related to Him by faith. Jesus, as both God and man, had a sinless human nature and a divine nature. He had a human will and a divine will that worked in harmony. In Gethsemane, we get the clearest picture of how He submitted His human will to the Father.1

As we review this passage of Scripture, I would like for us to consider two things:

I. The Events of Gethsemane
II. The Impact of Gethsemane


The disciples had just partaken of the Passover Supper with the Lord. This was to be His last supper with them until heaven. Notice (vv. 22-25), ''And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. [23] And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. [24] And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

Little did the disciples understand at the time, the implications of the of breaking bread and drinking of the wine. This spoke of Christ's coming death on the cross. In Luke 18:33, Jesus spoke to His disciples concerning His death, He said, ''And they shall s ...

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