Week 5 – Jeff Maness – October 22nd, 2017
Suffering might be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to overcome. Jesus, in His suffering, offered to us the ultimate example of how to respond. In fact, it’s my response to suffering that is much more important than my protection from it.
Walk This Way: Suffering
Hebrews 2:18 Since He himself has gone through suffering and testing, he
is able to help us when we are being tested.
Big Question: How should I respond to suffering in my life?
Main Scripture: Matthew 26:36-46
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Matthew 26:36-46 36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” 37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground praying, “My Father! (Abba, Father…) If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” 42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! (Abba Father) If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. 44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”
1. Seek God
He sought God for relief
He sought God from a relationship
John 18:1-2 1 After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley
with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. 2 Judas, the betrayer,
knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples.
2. Submit to God
John 12:27-28 27 “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father,
save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! 28 Father,
bring glory to your name.”
3. Be strengthened by God
Luke 22:43 Then an angel of the Lord appeared and strengthened Him.