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Personal Gethsemanes

April 19th, 2011 Posted in sermons

Prior to the cross, Jesus went to a garden called Gethsemane. There, as He faced the horrors of what was to come on the cross, He prayed, “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me.”

What was that cup that Jesus was recoiling from? I believe it was the cup of God’s wrath, which He would drink for all of us. The judgment of God that should have come upon me instead came on Him.

He then prayed, “Not My will, but Yours be done.”

Personal Gethsemanes

We will all face our own “Gethsemanes” in life. By that I mean, a time…

* When perhaps life is not making any sense.
* When your problems seem too great to bear.
* When you are seemingly overwhelmed.
* When you feel like you just can’t go on another day.

There is a point where we have to say something that is very important to God. And that is the same thing Jesus said: “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

Much is said about the cross (and rightly so), but keep in mind, here in the Garden of Gethsemane we see the decision that took Him to the cross was agonizingly made!

It all happened in a garden.

It is interesting that sin began in a garden. And the commitment to bear that sin was also in a garden.

In Eden, Adam sinned. In Gethsemane, Jesus conquered.

In Eden, Adam hid himself. In Gethsemane, our Lord boldly presented Himself.

In Eden, the sword was drawn. In Gethsemane, it was sheathed.

Jesus did this all for us.

3 Responses to “Personal Gethsemanes”

  1. Janine Ridings says:

    I had a personal “Gethsemane” this past year. My “healthy” 59-year old sister, Cheryl was diagnosed with non-smokers lung cancer in September, and she died 4 months later in January of 2011. During her cancer journey, I attended Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusade in Seattle. It was a divine appt. for sure, as Greg talked about his own son’s death, and how it affected him. I could relate to so much of what he talked about. One thing he talked about was falling to the ground upon hearing the news of his son’s death. That was so comforting to me, as I had my legs go out from under me and I fell in a heap on the floor when I heard my sister was dying of cancer. I realized if a pastor like Greg had that experience, then I wan NOT A WIMP, like Satan was trying to tell me I was. The whole evening at the Harvest Crusade was so healing for me. Thank you, Greg, for sharing your pain and encouraging others like me!!!! God bless you, dear brother in Christ. Perhaps Christopher and my sister, Cheryl have met in heaven! I look forward to the day when we are reunited with our loved ones who have gone before us! Because He lives, we will live also!

  2. Nancy says:

    I just wanted to thank you Pastor Greg for bringing me along on your Jerusalem journey. I won’t be able to go in this life but Will when I get to Heaven, there are no wheelchairs in Heaven! You and your entourage are perfect companions, I had to get cheese and crackers since I could not smell or taste! I “shared” on facebook so my church family maybe interested and a few friends. So thanks for putting pictures to my Bible reading and giving me a fuller view of Father God and Jesus.

  3. c thomasson says:

    So true Greg, in regards to our “Gethsemanes” . I think of drinking the dregs of the “Cup” too. Partaking as His children, facing denial, deaths of loved ones, discouragement, so much tribulation today! I see it as being “crushed in the” winepress!” It is my prayer He will one day soon, suddenly release it, turning our sorrows to joy, that we may reach out to a thirsty and dying world with a blessing of His new wine. . . . Revival! Revival!. . . Pray for Revival. . . .

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