The Garden Where Jesus Prayed – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric resumes the continues “The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World” with a message titled “The Garden Where Jesus Prayed” Based on Mark 14:32-52.

1. He ______________ His burden with others; v. 32-33
2. He ______________ His burden alone: v. 33-34
3. He ______________ through the agony of it all; v. 34-42
4. He ______________ Himself into the hands of sinners: v. 41-50

ICEBREAKER: What household chores do you actually enjoy? Why?
1. As you read Mark 14:33-35, notice the words used to describe Jesus’ emotional state in the Garden of Gethsemane. What do these terms reveal about our Saviour at that moment in His life [cf. Isaiah 53:3; Philippians 2:5-8; and Hebrews 5:7-10]?
2. Why do you think Jesus brought along His disciples, and specifically Peter, James, and John, when He entered Gethsemane to pray [cf. Acts 1:8; Acts 1:20-22; and Philippians 4:6-7]?
3. What principles of prayer do you pick up from Jesus’ Gethsemane prayer in Mark 14:36 [cf. Mark 9:22-24; John 15:7; and Romans 8:15]?
4. What insights do you learn about resisting temptation from Mark 14:38 [cf. Luke 21:36; 1 Corinthians 10:13; and James 1:13-15]?
5. Why was Judas’ choice of a kiss fitting for his act of betrayal [Mark 14:44-45]? Also consider Genesis 27:18-27; 2 Samuel 20:8-10; and Proverbs 27:6 for more clues.
6. How did Jesus’ words to the crowd sent to arrest Him in Mark 14:48-49 highlight the drama between human responsibility and divine sovereignty [cf. Isaiah 53:1-12; Luke 19:47-48; and John 18:20-21]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“The suffering of Jesus was not
only his humanity struggling
with the physical agonies
of the cross, but Jesus’ deity
and humanity inseparably
coming to grips with the
awesome agony of Calvary.
It is not Jesus’ humanity
which dominates this text,
but the disciples’ humanity.
It is His deity and humanity,
dying for man, that is in focus.
It is supernatural suffering
that is in view here.”
Bob Deffinbaugh