We have been introduced to the “passion of the Christ” in our study through the gospel according to Mark. This Sunday we will watch Him in extreme anguish and torment before anyone lays a hand on Him. A few a years ago when I preached on a similar theme, someone wrote the following on their bulletin and gave it to me. He got it from the book, The Valley of Vision. It seems quite appropriate for where we are right now.
Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy, cast off that I might be brought in, trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend, surrendered to hell’s worst, that I might attain Heaven’s best, stripped that I might be clothed, wounded that I might be healed, athirst that I might drink, tormented that I might be comforted, made a shame that I might inherit glory, entered darkness that I might have eternal light, my Savior wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes.
He groaned that I might have endless song, endured all pain that I might have unfading health, bore a thorned crown that I might have a glorious diadem, experienced reproach that I might receive welcome, closed His eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded brightness, expired that I might forever live.
What more could be done than Thou hast done! Thy death is my life, Thy resurrection my peace, Thy ascension my hope, Thy prayers my comfort.
Let’s remember together! See you Sunday!
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Grace and peace,
"Remember" Mark 14:12-31
It could not have been more chaotic, confusing, and threatening than it was that last night. Everything was changing – fast! Yet, somehow, out of this crisis would come the greatest good for the disciples...and for the world, for all time! Maybe if we “remember” some of the lessons from that night, we can see our way through it all as well.
THINKING IT THROUGH
The essence of Christianity is the belief that Christ’s death has somehow put us right with God and given us a fresh start.
It is not the uniform that tests a soldier, but the battle; it is not attending classes that tests a student, but the examination; and in a like manner, it is not the hymn-singing that tests a Christian, but the hour of privation, or persecution, or danger.
We must somehow get comfortable with reality of periodic failure.
When a man forgets himself, he usually does something everyone else remembers.
WORKING IT OUT
1. What was impressed upon you to remember from the three lessons in the message?
2. In what context or circumstances in your life are these lessons most needed and how can you help yourself “remember” them?
"Temptation" Mark 14:32-42
Oh-oh. Was it Mark Twain who said, “I can resist anything except temptation?” Well, this is no joke. Never, ever, has there been a more consequential temptation than this one at Gethsemane. It is almost too much to watch. But please do– listen and learn.
LOOKING IT UP
1. In what place did this “episode” take place according to vs.32?
(Look up the meaning/background of the word “Gethsemane.”)
2. What was the main activity Jesus wanted to engage in? (v.32)
3. What is Jesus’ emotional condition as He seeks to pray? (vs. 33-34)
4. Why do you think He brought some of the disciples in to the garden with Him?
5. In His humanity, how was Jesus being tempted? (vs. 35-36)
6. What can you learn from the way He handled it?
7. What was Jesus trying to teach His disciples about temptation in v.38?
What kinds of temptations might He have foreseen for them?
Posted on Mon, February 11, 2013
by Tom Oyler