“THE COMMUNION OF THE PILLARS” (Mark 14:32-42)
FBC Earlville 12-02-12 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION Today’s “Special”: “Holiday Funny”
A young man was home from college over semester break.
He had complained to no end about the poor food at school, so his mom offered to make his favorite breakfast.
After he took the first bite of his eggs benedict, he smiled and said, “You know Mom, there’s no place like home for the hollandaise.”
In Philippians 3:10 Paul said, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” The word “fellowship” is the same word as “communion”. Our 3 pillars of the faith – Peter, James, and John – enjoyed communion with our Savior – the fellowship of His sufferings – in the Garden of Gethsemane. Let’s see if we can enjoy it, too. What were the elements of their communion? PRAYER
#1 GETHSEMANE – THE PLACE OF CUSTOMARY PRAYER (v. 32)
- Mt. of Olives – and on the mount was a garden
- Place of historical importance (2 Sam. 15:30; Zech. 14:4; Mt. 21:1, 24:3
- Place of customary importance – where He often prayed (Luke 22:39), where Judas knew where He’d be. Where is our Gethsemane?
#2 AN INVITATION TO OBSERVE (v. 34)
- Peter, James, and John (v. 33) – to see His heart
- Remember, He knows what’s coming
- Where have we been invited to see Him?
#3 A PRAYER OF SUBMISSION (v. 36)
* Remember: He is already determined to go to the cross (Acts 4:12; Heb. 10:7; John 19:11
- Ironsides: “the cup is not the death, nor the physical sufferings, but for our sin, becoming what the Father loathes, knowing the separation”
- It is the cup of judgment (Ps. 75:8)
- What He loathed, He would become (2 Cor. 5:21; Ps. 22:1)
- See Ps. 102 – the Gethsemane prayer (vs. 1-12)
- Luke adds: prayed “sweat drops of blood”, and comforted by an angel
- Are we submitted to the cup God has given us?
#4 AN AWARENESS OF WEAKNESS (v. 38)
- A classic line – ultimately, they didn’t understand HIs hour of testing
- Do we know that when we are weak, then we’re strong?
#5 A FOCUS ON THE BIG PICTURE (v. 41)
- This hour was His purpose (John 12:27; 13:1)
- The hour (v. 35) had come
* Do we know our purpose? Are we focused on our big picture?
CONCLUSION 2 Cor. 5:21 – He Who knew no sin became sin for us.
Have you invited Him to be your Savior?
Are you surrendered to His Lordship?
CLOSE IN PRAYER