Here we read the story of Jesus going to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.
Gethsemane means “oil press”. The olive trees present in the garden, produced the oil used in the towns.
Gethsemane was a place Jesus frequented… He loved going there, and he wanted his disciples to be familiar with the place as well.
On this particular night, it was the last time Jesus would enter the garden of Gethsemane.
What did Jesus get from the Garden? (39) (42) (44)
Jesus got surrender from the garden. He prayed “Not my will, but thine be done” Luke 22:44 says that he prayed so earnestly that his sweat was as blood. Intense surrender to the Will of God.
Gethsemane was a place of surrender. It means “oil press” and the Holy Spirit (represented by oil) meets us in our place of surrender. The garden of Gethsemane was a place of surrender to Gods will.
Commonwealth Baptist College is a place of surrender to the will of God. I remember so many surrendering to the will of God there.
Circle C Baptist Ranch and the NYFC are places of surrender to the will of God.
Your very own youth department and church service are places of surrender to the will of God!
These are places of surrender to the will of God…
I mean finding out what God wants me to do, how God wants me to serve, who God wants me to marry, being called into the ministry, being lead to a place, God showing me how to get to that place…
College, Christian School, Youth Group are all places of surrender to the Will of God!!!
It’s like the Garden…. What will you get from the Garden?
I. What Did Judas Get From the Garden? Silver and Set Free
(47-49) Judas comes to the Garden to turn Jesus in…
And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
Judas got silver from the Garden… He got a little money… Got a little popularity… got a little swag…
He was in The Garden of Gethsemane… The place of Surrender… But he got Silver
Judas also got set free in the Garden… By turning in Jesus, he was no longer in trouble with the law… Freedom
He stood where Jesus prayed the prayer of surrender, yet he just wanted set free…
What have you taken from the garden?
Here you sit, in the place of surrender, this wonderful, spiritual place, but some of you only want Silver….
You are in this place of surrender, but you are only concerned with popularity, your looks, your clothes, your money, having things, stuff, your reputation, your attitude,
Some are in this place of surrender and you cant even focus on it, because you are too busy enjoying your freedom!!! Away from mom, away from dad, Freedom!!! You are an adult now!
And in this place of surrender…. You are going to ignore the Holy Spirit and concentrate on silver and set free.
II. What Did Malchus Get From the Garden? Sliced
(51) Malchus was the servant who lost his ear… He got sliced in the garden.
There he was… in the place where Jesus has just surrendered to the Father’s will…. What did Malchus get? SLICED… he got wounded, hurt, damaged, injured…
There may be some of you who in this place of surrender, in this place of God’s will may have been sliced…Maybe you have been wounded by a friend, ( or someone you thought was a friend)Maybe you have been hurt by comments, misunderstandings, criticism, or gossip.
Maybe your feelings have been injured by a coworker, a staff member, someone you respect…Don’t let this place of surrender become the place you get sliced….People aren’t perfect… people are going to hurt us… Don’t let this be where you get sliced…
III. What Did Peter, James and John Get From The Garden? Sleep
(40) (43) (45) Here they are… the inner circle, the big three, the three amigos, the best of the rest…
They get to go with Jesus into the garden and get to pray with Him in this spiritual time… WHAT A TIME!!!
So what do they get from this?????? SLEEP!!!! A nap, ZZZZs, snoozing, !!!! They went to sleep!!!
While Jesus is sweating great drops of blood in his prayer of surrender… they are SLEEPING !!!!
What about some of you?
Sleep through class… Sleep so much you don’t go to class….Sleep so much you don’t even have a class….
Sleep in church…. Sleep on the bus… Sleep while supposed to be visiting…. Sleep so much no walk with God!
Sleep so much you are asleep right now!!!!!!
Sometimes we may have eyes open, but we are asleep spiritually and mentally!!!
This is find Gods Will Time, surrender to Gods Will time, Do Gods Will Time
TO BE CONTINUED….
Youth | Assistant Pastor
Clays Mill Baptist Church