Scripture: Matthew 26: 36-46
Sermon Title: The Garden of The Olive Press On The Mount of Olives: A Commitment Of Obedience
Let us give attention to verses 39 and 42, 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” , 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” One writter has said, of this Garden experience, it is the greatest battle in himan history fought in a garden, the Garden of Eden. There Jesus chose not His will but God's will. Adam on the other hand was told what to do and what not to do., Adam chose his will, over God's orders. As scripture tells us obedience is better than sacrifice. A major problem today in our society is disobedience. In this rich garden, Adam and Eve chose to listen to the serpent and were thrown out of the garden and sentenced to hard and painful labor and death. We all must experience pain it is our lot, but it can be removed. The sin of Adam and Eve lost us our freedom in the first garden, but in the second garden Jesus removed the stain of that original sin. Jesus struggled there in the garden, struggled with the cup of our sin. There in the garden Jesus chose God the Father's will over His own. The pain and misery of the cup, the inner struggle was there in the garden. Just as Adam's sin affected all of us so the sacrifice of Jesus saved us all. Look at Luke 22:39 or Mark 14: 32 32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” Gethsmane means olive press. Just as the olive is crushed on the olive press so Jesus was being ground in physical agony. Jesus ascended to Heaven from the Mount of Olives and will descend to that same mountain. The conflict Jesus went through was being tempted to do His own will. The command for the disciples was just to stay awake. The Gethsmane experience shows Jesus as any human being tempted. Though He was God's son He learned suffering from His human side. The depth of his grief shows the sreiousness of sin. Abomination is one word God uses for sin. This is why Jesus questioned because He did not want to be seperated from God. In the end He was willing to do not His will but God's will. Jesus' Gethsmane experience is a lesson on our dependence on prayer. Jesus told the disciples to pray this should remind us we need to pray, and the importance prayer is to all of us. In the flesh we are inadequaqte to fight spiritual battles. we need God's Spirit. Jesus' Gethsmane experience should encourage us knowing there is no sin in struggling with God, as we see even Jesus struggled with God. Jesus struggled with God's will, we struggle with God's will, and that's fine as long as we do God's will. God's will, always wins in the end. Rev Billy Graham spoke about a ship docking, they throw a rope and attach that rope to a motor, it pulls the ship to the dock and that is also how prayer works, prayer does not pull God down to us but pulls us up to God. We must learn to say not my will but God's will be done. Jesus' blood cleansed us and wipes away every abomination of sin. Rock of Ages cleft for me let me hide myself in thee. Let the water and the blood From thy wounded side which flowed Be of sin the double cure Cleanse from guilt and make me pure.