Good morning. How quickly do promises made to those we love fall apart? Jesus' friends promised to die with him. How can they die with him if the cannot stay awake with him?
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What have you been praying for lately? Has God answered?
_ Who do you know for certain you will meet today? How can you be present and a blessing to them?
_ Join with Jesus in his prayer on Gethsemane. Be silent and offer him your still presence. Try to sit in stillness for at least a minute.
DISCOVER [ Mark 14.32-42 ] 32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. 41 And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
_ Why did Jesus bring his closest friends with him when he felt troubled and full of sorrow?
_ What is Jesus asking in his prayer?
_ What does Jesus say about human nature in v.38?
_ How does Jesus show compassion to his friends even at this moment of trial?
_ What does it mean that 'the hour has come'?
+ HOW does this passage surface and convict you of an area of sin in your life and how is Jesus calling you to take a simple step of obedience today? (Have you been present with those who are experiencing sorrow? Have you been distracted when a friend needed you? Are you committed to set aside time to pray?)
+ WHO in your life are you intentionally walking with that you might share what you learned with today and how can you share this with them today? (e.g., family, friends, co-workers or neighbors you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)