The Agony of Gethsemane
Passage: Luke 22:39-46
- What gets squeezed out of you when you’re under pressure? Can you give a recent example.
- Why is Jesus in such agony in the garden of Gethsemane? How did we answer this question in the sermon?
- Jesus prays, “Father, let this cup pass from me; yet not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). That simple prayer is an example of both emotional honesty and trust in his Father. Why is that so unique? Can you imagine praying like that?
- Can you think of an example in your life where obedience meant praying, “Please, Lord, no! … Yet not what I want but what you want?” What did that feel like? What’s so hard about praying (and living) like that?
- Jesus’ obedience in this scene is really remarkable. It means He loves you. Read the quote from Jonathan Edwards again and react to it.
- You may have to face your own Gethsemane, but you will never have to face the cup. How does that truth change the way we approach suffering when it comes into our lives?