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Mark 14:32-41; Exodus 12:37-42; 1 Peter 5:8-11

Mark 14:32-41; Exodus 12:37-42; 1 Peter 5:8-11

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1. Observations (Mark)

(a) Jesus and his disciples have finished their Passover meal and they go towards the Mount of Olives (Mark 14:26)
(b) Jesus speaks of the desertion by his disciples in fulfilment of a prophecy and prophesies Peter’s denial (vv. 27-31, Zechariah 13:7)

(c) Jesus between the last supper and Gethsemane, speaks to them of a coming homecoming experience…

(c1) servant lifestyle, suffering and joy
(c2) the need of obedience,
(c3) the giving of the Holy Spirit
(c4) and the High Priestly prayer (refer parallel Gospel Accounts)

(d) Jesus enters familiar territory (Garden of Gethsemane), but an unfamiliar battle

(d1) He asks his disciples to keep watch as he goes to pray
(d2) He takes Peter, James and John and reveals his agony
(d3) ‘Gethsemane’—Oil Press… tormented, horror-struck, agonizing…” a mental pain, a distress which hems in from every side from which there is therefore no escape”
(d4) Sorrowful and reluctant…was it a sign of cowardice?

(e) Jesus asks for the ‘cup’ to be taken from him 3 times, a vigilant Jesus encounters negligent disciples

2. From God’s Point of View

(a) The ‘cup’ was one that symbolized the wrath of God, his judgement (Job 21:20, Ezra 23:32-34, Isaiah 51:22, Mark 10:38, Revelation 14:10)

(a1) The Son of God, sinless, was to drink the wrath to poured on the wicked… complete disorientation of the body and mind…like drunkenness
(a2) This meant contact with human sin, and his sinless soul recoiled
(a3) Horror, that this would mean an experience being alienated from the Father
(a4) But his will remained surrendered to the Father’s will…the beginning and the end of each of those prayers
(a5) He comes out resolute to do the Father’s will

(b) The night at Gethsemane parallels the night at the Exodus, in having a vigilant God who is ready to rescue (Exodus 12:42)

(b1) Jesus, a Saviour who spared not himself to spare us.

3. Take Away

(a) As God’s elect be Alert and Sober Minded

(a1) Setting your hope on Jesus’ coming again (1 Peter 1:13)
(a2) That you pray, because the end of all things is near (1 Peter 4:7)
(a3) Because there is a lion (Satan) on the loose (1 Peter 5:8)