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March 7-Spanish Springs Campus Notes and Questions

The Final Day

Wk 1, “Agony in the Garden”

Matthew 26:36-46

 

Matthew 26:36-46
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 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.” Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 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.” When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

 

  1. Jesus’ Agony

 

1 Chronicles 16:11

Look to the Lord and His Strength; seek His face always

 

Matthew 17:1-3
​After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

 

Matthew 26:38
Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

 

Matthew 26:39-41 (First Prayer… Hesitation)
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.” Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

 

Matthew 26:42-43 (Second Prayer- Resolve)
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.” When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.

 

If-

 

The Cup-

 

 

Matthew 26:44-46 (Third Prayer and Betrayal)
So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

 

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

Bottom Line:

Jesus Went Through Agony in the Garden so that We don’t Have To

 

Notes:

 

Small Group Questions:

  1. When you’re suffering (mental or physically), do you want to be alone or around others? Of all the places he could have chosen to go to, why do you think Jesus chose the garden to go to for prayer?
  2. Read 1 Chronicles 16:11, what does it mean to “seek his face”?
  3. Read Matthew 17:1-3, why do you think Jesus had a closer inner group of disciples? What do you think the significance of the inner group witnessing the transfiguration is?
  4. Read Matthew 26:38, what was the sorrow that was overwhelming Jesus to the point of death? What do you think he wanted the disciples to keep watch for?
  5. Read Matthew 26:39-46, what is the cup that Jesus references here? Why was it not taken away?  Can we think of some lesser cups in our life that we would like God to take away?  What happens when he doesn’t take it away?  What happens if he does? When we are suffering do we tend to hold that in?  Should we?  Why or why not?
  6. In verse 41 of Matthew 26, what is the temptation that Jesus warns the disciples of? How do you think the disciples felt about not being there for Jesus?  Is it similar to when God tells us to do something and we don’t do it?
  7. Is there something God has been asking you to do and you just haven’t been able to do it or haven’t wanted to do it? What’s the next step?