Sermon Notes March 27, 2011
I know of a man who was distressed and troubled by his circumstances. He was so burdened that he felt one more pound of pain would push him into the grave. It seemed his troubles surrounded him. He sought the support of friends, but longed to be alone. The sorrow affected him physically … , stumbling and falling to the ground too weak to stand. His Life situation overwhelmed him, crashing down like a tidal surge.
What do you think of such a person?
- Troubled, burdened, overwhelmed…
- Aren’t these symptoms of a weak faith?
- Strong Christians live in Joy, Peace & Victory…
Fear, Doubt, Distress, … these are foreign to Faith!
Surely this man needs the Lord!
Problem: This man Is the Lord.
I just described Jesus in Gethsemene
Thesis: Sometimes, Circumstances press in and overwhelm us.
Mark 14: 32-42 Read with Comments
- “Gethsemene” = Wine Press
- Vs. 33 – Conflict between need for Friends & desire to be alone
- Vs. 33-34 – Alexander MacLaren, Scripture seldom undertakes to tell of Christ’s Emotions. Still seldomer does He speak of them
— distressed = “sore amazed”…struck with sudden fear
— troubled = “very heavy”….uncomfortable as away from home
— deeply grieved = exceeding sorrowful….surrounded by sorrow
- Fell to the ground = “was falling”….more than one time
1st – Marvelous glimpse into the redemptive suffering of Christ (Real)
2nd -Practical Help When Sorrows like Sea Billows Roll
— Devastating diagnosis
— Family is Falling Apart
— Combined weight of life’s small disappointments weight Heavy
When Circumstances press in and overwhelm you…
Four Pillars of Truth (36)
- Help for Holding up under the Pressure of Pain
- God Cares about Me
“Abba, Father” = a term of intimacy…. I know you love me!
ILL – Disciples on storm tossed sea,
“Master don’t you care that we are dying here!”
App – Stand firm in God’s Love…Acceptance
- God Controls My Circumstances
Exp – “All things are possible with You”
— You have not lost control of me or my situation.
ILL – Isaiah was afraid, he felt that circumstances were Heavy.
“I saw the Lord seated on His Throne!”
App – God Is on His Throne
T/S – These two present a problem.
If God loves all and has all power, WHY I s he allowing this?
- God Welcomes My Honesty
“Remove this cup from Me” …. Jesus makes a very honest request.
“Cup” now instead of “Hour” == OT for Wrath/Suffering
— He knew why He had come….Father’s Purpose
Yet, honestly, the thought repulsed Him!
Ill – Thad got splinter upstairs in Garage…hid it from Mom (Fester)
Ill – Jeremiah,“You tricked me God! Cursed be the day of my Birth
App – Without Honesty we are Isolated in our Pain…Cut off
- God’s Way Is Best
“Yet, not what I will but what You will.”
— Despite how I feel, I know that Your ways are RIGHT!
- I want what You want! Your Way is Best.
ILL – Peter’s advice to a group of Christians suffering persecution
1 Peter 4:19 — Where did Peter get that Idea!?
He learned it from the Master in Gethsemene
The dark night drove Jesus to His knees. He fell to the ground under the heavy burden; but, in the garden, He found His feet. When the Hour came, He stood tall and said, “Arise. Let us be going!”