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1 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE

2 From His baptism by John the Baptist in the River of Jordan, Christ under- stood His mission to earth. Yet, just prior to His crucifixion, He “cup of suffering” prayed this “cup of suffering” would not be necessary.

3 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE His ultimate response… “Nevertheless, not my will but your will” CHRIST WON THE BATTLE OF THE CROSS AT GETHSEMANE!

4 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE JACOB An OT example is JACOB (Genesis 32) He was: (1)Alone (2)Struggled for God’s approval (3)Name changed from “Deceiver” to “Prince” (4)Paid a price (lame in hip) for the blessing

5 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE Each believer must experience a PERSONAL GETHSEMANE (1)It is not a frivolous/light moment (2)It is not a “group activity” (3)Comes with an intense spiritual struggle (4)There is a “price” to be paid

6 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE I. A PLACE OF CHOICE A. Subsequent to Salvation B. Mature in spiritual understanding 1. What Christ taught “deny yourself, take up your cross, follow me…” 2. Price of such commitment “count the cost—forsake ALL”

7 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE I. A PLACE OF CHOICE C. Christ understood the consequences of His commitment—did not want to die on the cross. D. Such choices come… 1. When faith is tested 2. God’s plan impacts personal desires/goals/ambitions

8 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE I. A PLACE OF CHOICE E. Ultimately, God will not make us obey choice It is our choice that determines the level of our commitment

9 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE II. A PLACE OF COMPLIANCE A. Key word is “Nevertheless” 1. How I feel 2. My personal preference 3. The humanly “logical” reasons 4. The perceived difficulty

10 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE II. A PLACE OF COMPLIANCE B. Implication that choice is difficult 1. Known consequences 2. The “price” required 3. Misunderstanding of motivation 4. Ongoing sacrifices

11 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE II. A PLACE OF COMPLIANCE C. Obedience often a test of WILL 1. Abraham—offer Isaac 2. Joshua—strategy for Jericho 3. Gideon—300 men for battle 4. Naaman—wash in Jordan river 5. Daniel—prayed when it meant the den of lions.

12 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE II. A PLACE OF COMPLIANCE THERE IS NO COMPLIANCE D. THERE IS NO COMPLIANCE WITHOUT FULL OBEDIENCE WITHOUT FULL OBEDIENCE Words of faith are meaningless unless accompanied by actions

13 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE III. A PLACE OF CHANGE A. The “issue is settled” “Let us be going…” B. Change of PERSPECTIVE 1. View of God’s purpose 2. View of sacrifice 3. View of self-importance 4. View of time—eternity

14 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE III. A PLACE OF CHANGE B. Change of PRIORITIES “Old things have passed away…” 1. Patterns of behavior 2. Kingdom oriented 3. Desire to serve

15 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE III. A PLACE OF CHANGE C. Change of PETITION 1. Asking for self-less, for others-more 2. Asking for God’s glory, rather than God’s power

16 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE III. A PLACE OF CHANGE D. Change of PROCLAMATION 1. Declaring HIS redemption 2. Declaring HIS love/care 3. Declaring HIS sovereign goodness

17 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE III. A PLACE OF CHANGE E. The GETHSEMANE experience will melt and mellow the heart toward God and others “My life has already been poured out as an offering to God…”

18 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE CONCLUSION: A BELIEVER WILL NOT AVOID GETHSEMANE FOR FEAR OF THE COST. GOD IS A LOVING FATHER WHOSE DESIRE IT IS TO REDEEM AND RESTORE MAN TO RELATIONSHIP WITH HIMSELF.

19 THE PRIORITY OF GETHSEMANE CONCLUSION: BEFORE THE RESURRECTED LIFE, THERE MUST BE DEATH TO SELF…AND THAT BEGINS IN GETHSEMANE!!


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