Mission Prelude: The Dark Night of the Soul (Mark 14:32-42)Pastor Travis Cardwell, January 22, 2012
Part of the Mission Impossible? (Mark) series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Friends, there is no event that had a greater impact on history than the cross of Christ. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became a curse so that all that trust him would find life. But consider the costliness in this decision. Jesus would suffer enormous physical and emotional pains and on top of that he would endure enormous spiritual pain. He would be made sin and an enemy to the Father he loved. The One who knew perfect unity and harmony would be left all alone to deal with an enormous weight. This was a dark night indeed. The Good Shepherd was preparing to lay down his life for his beloved sheep. The Servant King was humbling himself and becoming obedient to death on a cross. Friends, do you see the love and the sacrifice that was poured out for you? Are you amazed at the perfect obedience of Jesus?
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32And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 33And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. 37And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 38Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 39And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. 40And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. 41And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. (KJV)