Ricky Sinclair: Gethsemane, Win before battle

Gethsemane 

Win Before Battle 

Matthew 26:31-46 

31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all [men] shall be offended because of thee, [yet] will I never be offended.

34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt].

40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.

42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.

44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take [your] rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

Philippians 2:8-9

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Reverence and Obedience

Hebrews 5:7-9

7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Christ reward of His suffering. He will see His offspring

Isaiah 53:10-11

10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

For the joy set before Him. He endured the cross pain returned to joy

Hebrews 12:2

1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

1. Jesus said, “All of you will be offended of Me tonight.” (Stumble). Why were they offended and stumbled? (Matthew 26:31) 

2. Jesus said, “After I am risen, I will go before you.” What does that mean to you? (Matthew 26:32) 

3. Peter said, “Though all men are offended yet I will never be offended.” Jesus said, “Peter, Satan has asked to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed that your faith fail not and when you are converted strengthen your brethren.” What does this mean to you? ( Matthew 26:33) 

Luke 22:31-32

31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired [to have] you, that he may sift [you] as wheat:

32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

4. Jesus said, “Peter before the cock crows tonight, you will deny me three times.” Peter said, “I will die with You and never deny You.” Why did Peter cut the high priest servants ear off? (Matthew 26:34-35) 

5. Why did Jesus go to Gethsemane? Jesus was sorrowful, very heavy, even unto death. How do you overcome your Gethsemane? (Matthew 26:36-38) 

6. Jesus fell on his face and prayed, “Father if it be possible let this cup pass from Me, nevertheless not as I will, but as you will.” What was Jesus’s cup? Can you bare the cup that God has called you to? (Matthew 26:39) Loud cries, tears, agony, sweating blood

7. Jesus told his disciples “Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation.” Why? (Matthew 26:40-41) 

8. Jesus prayed three times the same prayer. Why? How do I get a break through? (Matthew 26:42-44) Prayer and God’s angel to strengthen me.

9. Jesus said to His disciples, “Rise, let us be going, the betrayer is here.” Where did Jesus get his strength and His resolve? (Matthew 26:45-46) 

Luke 22:43

43And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

10. Gethsemane teaches us our greatest lesson that we win the battle before the battle. Watch and pray.