by T. Carlton Richardson

Jesus' Passion and Prayers
Lessons from Gethsemane to Calvary
Dr. T. C. Richardson
Matthew 26-27; Luke 22-23

Summary: Viewed from a prayer perspective Jesus' ordeal from His arrest at Gethsemane to His crucifixion at Calvary provides a most striking example of the interrelationship between the act or struggle in prayer and how God responds or expresses His love for us because we are obedient to ask. Throughout His period of trial Jesus stayed connected to God which gave Him the faith and strength to overcome injustice, deprivation, abuse, and rejection. Our Emanuel -- God with us -- not only taught us to pray "Thy will be done", but in His last days showed us how the power of prayer helps will help us find joy "in the Lord" even though our human circumstances are impossible for us to bear.

MESSAGE: ["How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without someone preaching to them? ... So faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." Amen. (Rom. 10:14, 17)]

I. Events preceding Jesus' death as recorded variously in the Gospels of Matthew (26:36-27:56), Mark (14:32-15-41), Luke (Luke 22:40-23:49) and John (18:12-19:24) provide a most striking example of the interrelationship between the 'act of' or 'struggle in' prayer and how God responds or expresses His care or love for us. Jesus (God the son) faced death for something He did not do. Conspirators in the Jewish religious establishment accused Him wrongfully of "spiritual crimes", obtained His arrest, conviction, and death on the charges. The story is oh so familiar to we Christians.

While we stress His atoning death and resurrection as unquestioned evidence of God's love for us by providing the victory at Calvary and release from the captivity or fear of all our suffering, death being the ultimate trial we all face. His passion and death is equally a ...

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