Footprints of Jesus: Gethsemane


Heavenly father, I thank you for all your wonderful goodness 

I thank you that you have provided this place to gather 

I thank you for all who have come to hear, and all those listening online 

I thank you Lord for my many brothers and sisters who love you, and love your word above all else 

I pray as we look a the scriptures tonight, that you help us to see you through your word 

Lord, my chief desire is to know you 

Open the eyes of our understanding, and help us to see your glory 

Let it be, in Jesus name 



It is very good to be with all of you tonight, and to see everyone out 

I do want to pass along a message from Bro. James in South Africa, he is doing much better now, the Lord really worked wonderfully in his situation 

He is back on his feet, and just keep him in prayer. He is really doing a tremendous work among the saints there. Just pray for them all. 

I was also talking with Bro. Solomon in Israel earlier in the week, and there have been several terrorist attacks there lately, one was not very far from his fellowship 

Just lift them up in prayer, and also remember him. He is about to take a journey to go visit several different churches sharing the truth with them. 

God is moving, and the work is bringing forth fruit 

I just pray God have his perfect way, and we will fit into what part he has us to help the saints 

And just one note, this will be the last day we have a Friday service. We are going to continue having the Sunday morning and Thursday services at the church like we have been for the past year. But we will move our Friday night fellowships to Sunday evening moving forward. There have been several more who have been wanting to join us, but Fridays are not working well for them. We have all talked this over already, and I think we are all agreed that Sunday evening will work for us all.  

When we started having these Friday night fellowships, we tried to do it this way so people could come on Friday without having to be absent from anywhere else, and that has worked well.  

But Lord willing we will start Sundays evenings for this fellowship service moving forward. So after today, our next fellowship service will be April 24. 

We are doing these fellowship services specially for people who are being starved spiritually, but are in a trapped condition. 

I very much understand how hard it is to get away peacefully from an abusive group of people 

And when you see the way the hateful way they react to kindness and truth, I certainly understand the fear people feel 

And shame on them for making you so fearful of following the leadership of the spirit of God in your own life 

That is not godly 

I have always been content to let people be led by the Lord to do what is best for them. 

But I want you to know that God knows your heart, and he knows when you are doing your best to serve him. 

Sometimes we are trapped in a circumstance, and we just have to find a way to make the best of it. 

That’s all I ever ask of anyone, do your best 

And its between you and God to know what that is. 

If you are in Christ Jesus, you soul is secure 

The Title of my message tonight is Jesus at Gethsemane 

In my last message, I started looking at the sacrifice of Jesus Christ 

And I will be starting in the book of Mark tonight 

We began with the betrayal of Christ, and examining the character of Judas 

And we will pick up tonight about where we left off 

And I will maybe summarize just a little bit 

After Judas went out into the night, on his way to finalize his betrayal 

Jesus spoke a little more with his disciples 

He had shared with them that evening that he was the fulfillment of the Passover lamb 

Letting them know he was going to die for their sins 

Bro. Jesse has really covered the types and meanings of the Passover feast really well in his last message 

And that forms a background to this unfolding drama, and unfolding story 

Everything Jesus is going through, it is the fulfillment of a pattern laid out since the very beginning of man 

All the way back to the types that God gave to Adam and Eve, when he made them a coat of skins to cover their nakedness 

It took a life, to produce something to cover their nakedness 

And it was going to take a life to cover our sins 

The scripture tells us that life is in the blood 

And the penalty for sin is death 

And the only way to ever atone for sin, was death 

And to atone for your sin, its either going to be your death, or Christ’s death 

Someone has to die and go to hell 

If we go to hell, there is no coming back 

But if we trust on Jesus death to atone for our sins, he conquered death, hell and the grave 

And we can live in peace 

Jesus, as the spotless lamb of God, his innocent blood, atoned for our sins 

And the fact that Jesus is following the exact pattern laid out in the Old Testament 

 is one way God gives us to authenticate and verify he was who he claimed to be 

Jesus didn’t just go about these things any old way 

He fulfilled the pattern laid out by God 

He fulfilled prophecy in the old testament, and not just one, but hundreds of them 

And he did it in a undeniable way 

That is why Luke could write that Jesus offered many infallible proofs of who he was 

And those proofs played an important role for the believers 

Its not wrong to ask for proof 

There are people who abuse the scripture, and tell you its wrong to ask for proof 

But they just don’t even know what they are talking about 

Jesus was happy to leave behind infallible proofs 

Even to this day, there is very solid proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ 

Its not something we believe merely by blind faith 

But our faith is based on something 

We heard the word, we heard the truth, we understood the truth, and that brought us our faith 

Faith based on nothing is not faith, its foolishness 

Blind faith might not really be faith at all. 

And if you truly have the spirit of God in you, you will seek and find the truth behind your faith 

The spirit of God will not lead us into blind faith, it will lead us into the truth which our faith is based on 

And faith based on Jesus, faith based on the word of God, that is true faith 

God does not ask us to have blind faith, based on nothing 

God asks us to have faith in his word 

Maybe we will get to that in a few messages. 

But just know, everything Jesus is doing here is an evidence of who he is, because he is fulfilling prophecies and patterns from the old testament 

Jesus proved who he was, there is no question 

He was the messiah, the one and only savior of mankind 

And as Jesus finished relating to dispels how we was fulfilling the patterns of the old testament it says they sang a hymn together, and then started off to take a walk 

And, as they walked, Jesus told them many things 

He told them about the coming of the holy spirit 

He told them about being fruitful 

He gave them the great commandment, telling them to love another as he loved them 

And he took time, and he prayed for them all, one of the most powerful prays in the whole bible 

And I would love some time to look at all again 

And we might have time one day 

But finally Jesus and the disciples finished walking, and they reached their destination 

Turn with me to Mark chapter 14, starting at verse 32 

and we will read the verses I want to focus on tonight 

Mark 14:32-42 (KJV) 

32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 

33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 

34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 

35 And he went forward a little, and 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 unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. 

37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 

38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 

39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. 

40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. 

41 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 

42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. 

Jesus’s Great Trial 

As we read these verses, Jesus was staring at the prospect of what was going to happen over the next few hours 

Jesus was contemplating the torturous death he was about to face. 

The next hours of Jesus life, were going to be his hardest 

He was going to be beaten beyond recognition 

He was going to be humiliated and degraded in every conceivable way 

And when it is all over, Jesus was going die a painful agonizing death. 

It is something very brutal, and very extreme that Jesus was about to face 

In some ways, you and I can never fully relate to what Jesus faced 

The extreme nature of what he faced certainly goes beyond any trial, or any situation that I have ever faced 

But although he is facing a situation here that is a magnitude greater than anything we have  faced, there are things in Jesus’s passion which we can relate to ourselves 

And there is a reason that these things are call the passion of Christ 

It was because he passionate 

And passion, if you look up the word, it means emotions which can barely be controlled 

Passion is an overflowing of emotions 

And there are things here in this story which, are common to all men 

There are lessons we can draw for our own comfort and strength 

And that is chiefly what I would like to focus on this evening 

And we realize tonight is Good Friday, this is the day Jesus died. 

While no single person cannot fully relate to what Jesus is facing here, there are aspects everyone can relate to. 

At its most basic, Jesus is facing death 

And there has not yet been one sane person who is not grieved by the prospect of their death 

Thinking of our death is not something we like to do 

Man is programmed almost to not even consider the thought, because it is such a ugly thing to think about 

If you run into someone who is not grieved by the prospect of death, I would be checking to make sure he is not a Jim Jones kind of character 

Truly, there is joy in knowing what wait beyond death for the saint 

But there is also grief that accompanies death, because death brings separation 

And separation bring sorrow 

There are many people that faced terrible deaths, Paul was beheaded Peter and Andrew crucified, Thomas stoned. There were martyrs that were eaten by the lion, trampled by the beast, roasted alive, cut to pieces, killed in every way you can imagine.  

There are pretty traumatic and extreme ways that Christians have died 

And even in our own day, there are Christians in the world who face a martyrs death 

When we look at the news over in Ukraine this past month, there are bodies they are finding that were tortured to death 

No doubt some of those people were Christians 

Those are very brutal deaths 

And maybe a step back from that, we realize there are also people who go to the doctor, and they get news 

You only have so many more days to live 

And like Jesus, they are staring their death in the face 

That is what is happening here, Jesus is looking at the prospect of a terrible death 

A great life shaking trial 

And we see how our Lord reacted to this terrible situation 

And we realize something as we analyze his reaction 

Jesus was a perfect a man 

There was never a thing he ever did that was short of perfection 

He is our perfect example 

And anything we see in his life, it could never be a sin, it could never be wrong 

It could never be anything short of the perfect spotless lamb 

And Jesus don’t get a pass because he is Jesus 

Jesus follows the same word of God that you and I do 

So as we look at Jesus here, we realize he was just as perfect in this garden of Gethsemane as he was when he healed the sick 

He was just as perfect as when preached his sermons 

He was just as spotless as when he hung on the cross 

He was just as pleasing to the Father as the day he ascended into heaven 

Furthermore, Jesus was the image of the invisible God 

The scripture says God was manifested in the flesh – that was Jesus 

He was a perfect manifestation of the attributes of God 

When you look at Jesus, you see God 

And I don’t mean what we see with our eyes – that is flesh 

But I am talking about the life he lived, the actions he performed, the way he conducted himself 

Everything was a perfect representation of his father 

Everything Jesus did, his father would have done the same 

Because he and his father were one, there was no variance between them 

Like father, like son 

I am just emphasizing this point, not get into the godhead, but to draw your attention to the fact that Jesus was more than just a perfect man, but his actions are the very nature of God on display 

Everything God wants mankind to know about himself, he reveals in the person of Jesus Christ 

We cannot look at what happens here in the garden, and call it anything short of perfection 

Keep that in mind, its important as we analyze what is happening here 

The Lord Jesus was the perfect Son of God. Perfect in his spirit. Perfect in his body. Perfect in his mind.  

There is nothing that we see here which is displeasing to God.  

God was in no way displeased with Jesus when he was in the garden. 

So with that in mind, lets look at these verses 

Closer friends 

Let me read verses 32 and 33 again 

32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 

33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 

Now notice something interesting here 

As Jesus goes to pray, he takes all his disciples 

But he choses three of them – Peter, James and John – and he takes them further 

The rest are back in the distance, but Peter James and John – he wants those three there praying right beside him 

And in this simple act, we see something that is apparent throughout the gospels 

Some of Jesus natural friends are closer to him than others 

Peter, James, and John, it really seems like Jesus has a special friendship with them. 

Not that he loved them more, or cares for them more 

But as a natural human person, we are limited 

My eyes can only see in one direction 

My ears can only hear so far away 

My mind can only process so many thoughts 

I am limited 

And Jesus, as a man, had those same limitations 

But the God that was in Jesus, he is no so limited 

There is no limit to what he can see 

There is no limit to what he can hear 

There is no limit to how many things his mind can focus on 

He can be the best friend to every person at the same time 

But natural man, we can be friends with everyone, but we are limited 

And we tend to have a some friends who are closer than others 

Jesus, as a man, was the same way 

He had closer relationships with some, than others 

And here in garden of Gethsemane, as Jesus is coming into the greatest trial of his life 

Jesus took his closest friends with him to pray beside him. 

And as we might compare that to ourselves, 

Often times when we are facing hardship and trials, we often reach out to people and say, pray for me 

And when our trial is an especially overwhelming situation, or a time when we are very weak or vulnerable 

We tend to look towards those we trust most for comfort 

And what I hope you notice, is that is exactly what Jesus is doing 

He is leaning on his closest companions to be there for him 

Jesus wasn’t expect them to change his destiny 

But he just wanted someone to be there 

And often times, when someone is facing a great hardship, that is all we can do 

We can just be there for them 

I can’t walk on the water 

I can’t tame the raging sea 

I can’t heal 

I can’t make money appear out of nowhere 

But we can be there for one another 

And that is all Jesus wanted, he wanted them to be there 

He wanted to know they cared 

And by seeing Jesus example, we can learn something 

So as Jesus prayed, he had Peter James and John praying next to him. 

But they are so tired, that they start falling asleep 

Look at what Jesus said in verse 37 

37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 

38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 

Jesus asked the three of them to watch and pray with him 

But they ended up all falling asleep 

And look at what Jesus says to Peter, who seems to have been Jesus best friend, in the natural 

Jesus said Peter – you couldn’t even stay awake and pray with me? 

You couldn’t even give me one hour of your time? 

Notice there that Jesus was disappointed in his comforters 

But Jesus understands, as he says there in verse 38 – the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak 

Jesus recognized their limitation, and he didn’t hold it against them 

Here below, in the natural, no one will ever care for us like our heavenly father 

No one will ever be able to comfort us like he can 

And Jesus knew that, and you can detect that in his answer 

So it’s good for us to also keep that in mind, when we are disappointed in our comforters 

Its good for us to realize, man is limited 

Men can disappoint us 

And we should be prepared for that sometimes, and be willing to show them grace 

So I hope that as we read these verses, we can this dynamic  

Jesus asked his friends to be there for him 

He was looking to them for some support and comfort 

And he voiced his disappointment when they failed to do so  

Jesus felt a little let down by his friends 

Reproach hath broken my heart 

And the bible tells us this even more clearly in another verse, because what is happening here in the garden of Gethsemane is the Fullment of prophesy 

Turn back to Psalms 69 with me, and I will just read one verse there 

Psalms 69 is one of the messianic psalms, pointing to Jesus 

Psalm 69:20 King James Version (KJV) 

20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. 

This verse starts applying in Gethsemane 

Jesus fulfillment of  this prophecy, started there 

And it says something very clearly to us about Jesus 

He was looking and desiring for someone to take pity on him and to comfort him 

I don’t have to guess about what was in Jesus mind when was disappointed in Peter falling asleep 

The bible tells me what Jesus was thinking 

There are people who try to apply their own conceived ideas to scripture, but really the bible interprets itself 

And very clearly, we see here Jesus actively sought for people to show him pity and to comfort him 

And seeing that Jesus did that, we can realize it is a normal thing to do when we are in a low condition 

Jesus showed us a pattern 

He asked them all to pray, but he leaned most heavily on his closest companions 

I hope we can see that 

And turn back to Mark 14 with me, and we will look at another aspect of this setting. 

Jesus experienced sorrow  

Lets read verse 34 

34 And (Jesus) saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 

Now, that is a pretty strong thing Jesus that Jesus told his close friends 

He didn’t tell it to everyone 

But he tell his closest friends 

Maybe we could read over this quickly and not feel the full weight of it 

But is a major thing Jesus has said 

Maybe I can paraphrase it 

Jesus said, my grief is so great I feel like I am dying 

My sorrow is so great, I feel like I am going to die 

That is a feeling I don’t think a person could ever understand, unless they felt it themselves 

This emotion Jesus was experiencing was so overpowering, it was so strong 

It made him feel like dying 

That is really something 

Jesus experienced emotions so strongly, he felt like he was dying 

And you and I, we may wonder, was he feeling a special kind of grief of here? 

Was he feeling something outside of the natural human condition? 

That is a good question 

It’s a question I have wondered, was this something supernatural happening to bring about these feelings in Jesus? 

But there is answer, go back to Isaish 53 briefly with me, because this is also fulfilling another prophesy 

I will read just two verses there 

As we ask the question: what was the nature of this deep sorrow and grief Jesus was feeling? 

Isaiah 53 King James Version 

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 

The answer my question is in those verses 

And verse 4 really spells it out very clearly to us 

It says, yet we did esteem him stricken and smitten of God and afflicted 

That was our thought 

But the answer is in the first part of verse 4 

Was his sorrow and grief something supernatural or otherworldly? 


What Jesus was feeling in Gethsemane, the grief and sorrow that was so great that it made him feel like dying 

The bible says it was our griefs 

It was our sorrows 

The same kind of griefs and sorrows that you and I face in life, Jesus was bearing them 

Jesus was experiencing them in Gethsemane 

And as I said before, I believe it was a magnitude greater than anything we have ever faced as individuals 

I have faced overwhelming things at times 

But I never sweated drops of blood 

Jesus’s emotional experience there in Gethsemane was the worst kind a human being is capable of experiencing 

But it was still within the range of human emotions 

Let me go back to Mark 14 and read it one more time, what Jesus said 

34 And (Jesus) saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 

Here Jesus was experiencing our griefs 

Our sorrows 

He is experiencing those emotions in just the same way you and I can experience them 

And his emotions were so powerful, and so overwhelming, he said, I feel like I am dying 

That was my Jesus 

That’s how he felt in his heart 

He said, I feel like I am dying 

He was not tied up 

He was not in chains 

He was not being beaten 

He was not nailed to a cross 

But these emotions he experienced were so powerful, he felt like he was dying 

And when this happened, he didn’t just keep it to himself did he? 

He didn’t bury it down, and pretend like it wasn’t happening 

He looked over to his closest friends, and he said 

I am so overcome with sorrow and grief, I feel like I am dying 

Please, please, stay here with me, pray with me 

He is reached out for help 

He is telling his friends how he feels 

That is really something to think about, that aspect of it 

And as you think about that, I want to ask you a couple questions 

And no one needs to answer 

If your friend came to you and said, I am so overcome with emotions that I feel like I am dying 

Maybe they are weeping 

Maybe they look like an emotional trainwreck 

In John is says Jesus was agony 

How would you react to that? 

There is an old song I like, it says 

If my lord should come again 

If he walked and talked with men 

What if every friend he had, was just like me 

Would he feel welcomed here? 

Or would he turn away in tears? 

Am I all that I should be? 

Is he satisfied with me? 

I think of that as I read these verses 

How would I have handled this situation 

How would I handle a friend who had a breakdown like Jesus did? 

Maybe none of you have ever had a friend like that 

But I have had quite a few friends like that in life 

And not so long ago, I had many people come to be like that on a regular basis, looking for comfort 

And you love them, and your heart breaks for them 

And you want to know the answer 

How can I help that person? 

What is the right thing to do? 

And I have met people who had a certain idea of how to handle it. 

Where we have come from, you would actually be rebuked for acting like Jesus did here in Gethsemane 

I have known people who would say there is something wrong with you 

They would shame you and belittle you, if you acted like Jesus did here 

All they care about is a smile on your face – they don’t care how they put it there 

And they don’t care if the smile reflects your heart or not 

Just shut up and smile 

People were explicitly forbidden from talking about their heartaches or heartbreaks or griefs or sorrows. 

Every had to pretend that everything was ok, no matter what 

But I would ask you a question 

Can you make that fit the life of Jesus? 

I have more to say on that point, but I want to continue along here a little more first 

He feared 

Let me show you something else 

Turn over to Hebrews 5, I will read one verse there 

Hebrews 5:7 King James Version 

7 (Speaking of Jesus) 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; 

That is talking about Jesus at Gethsemane 

And I want you to catch two details there 

One it says Jesus was crying 

And not a little crying 

It was strong crying 

With tears it said 

In another translation, it says wailing and loud crying 

This was an incredibly powerful emotional experience for Jesus 

In other people, we might call it an emotional breakdown 

And it says, he feared 

Jesus was afraid 

We was afraid to suffer what was coming 

He was afraid of what about to happen 

It was not just sorrow and grief that overtook him 

But he was also gripped by dread and fear 

That is important 

In the garden Jesus experienced sorrow and grief 

But he also experienced fear and dread 

And those feelings became so overwhelming he wailed and cried 

All with Peter and James and John right there with him to witness it all 

He wanted someone to be with him 

And those feelings in Jesus heart didn’t just start being there as he knelt to pray in Gethsemane 

Jesus had been feeling that way for a long time 

The fear, the dread, the sorrow, the grief, they had been part of Jesus life for quite some time 

Turn back to John 12 with me 

I will add another verse to help you see that 

Let me read something Jesus said there 

John chapter 12 

And this chapter is palm Sunday, several days before he is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. 

Let me read it, verse 27 

John 12:27 King James Version 

27 (Jesus said) Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 

Jesus said his soul was troubled 

These troubled feelings are something Jesus had been living with for quite a while 

And the same thought he was praying for in Gethsemane is here in John 12 

And he lets us know very clearly what he is troubled about 

His impending death 

Jesus, our perfect savior 

The perfect lamb of God 

He was troubled, he was fearful, he was overcome with dread 

That should tell us something about fear and dread, if our perfect Lord had such emotions 

Just like sorrow and grief, those are things we are all subject to as natural men and women 

Those are feelings that can overwhelm us at times, just like they overwhelmed Jesus 

Horror hath overwhelmed me 

I have one more passage I would like to read, turn to psalms 55 with me 

This is another one of the messianic psalms pointing to Jesus 

And this is a prayer, the kind of prayer Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane 

The kind of prayer we might pray at times 

Let me read it 

Psalm 55:1-8 King James Version (KJV) 

55 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. 

Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; 

Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. 

My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 

Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. 

Focus on that verse, and just let it bring home the magnitude of what Jesus was feeling 

He is fearful, he is weeping loudly, he is visible shaking 

And it says horror hath overwhelmed me 

Did you know that Jesus became overwhelmed with horror? 

It was an overwhelming emotional breakdown Jesus experienced in Gethsemane 

One that was brought on by emotions just like the ones you and I are capable of experiencing 

And look how this prayer ends, which is very comparable to what Jesus was praying in Gethsemane 

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 

Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. 

I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. 

Escape Desired 

As we consider these verses, it is pretty clear that Jesus desired to escape from what was coming 

He had a personal will 

He had a personal desire to avoid the hardship that was coming his way 

And that was no sin either 

Bro. Jesse has mentioned recently that we should enjoy life when we can, that there is nothing wrong with wanting to avoid suffering 

Jesus showed us that 

Its not a sin to desire to avoid heart aches and sorrows 

Jesus enjoyed the good days, and we do well to do the same 

A New Saying? 

And you may wonder, if this is the first time you ever heard of these things concerning Jesus 

You may wonder, why hasn’t the church I go to ever told me these things? 

In fact, they tell me the opposite of these things 

Why didn’t they ever show me Jesus emotional side? 

And I will tell you the answer 

It’s because they don’t really know Jesus 

For all their knowledge and all their understanding, they have neglected the most important knowledge of all 

The knowledge of Christ 

And these things I say in this message are just the tip of the iceberg of what some have neglected 

I know where I come from, in 35 years, I don’t ever remember anyone preaching the passion of Christ 

Never once 

And I never missed a service 

How can you go 35 years, and never preach these things to people? 

Something is bad wrong 

But they can’t preach these things 

Because the Jesus they serve is not the Jesus of the bible 

The Jesus they teach is not the Jesus of the bible 

They are following something false, something they have invented to justify themselves and their own wickedness 

We must know Jesus 

Because this is life eternal 

That we know God, and Jesus Christ who he has sent 

I am glad I know him 

And I will tell you the truth 

You and I live in an imperfect world 

And even if we were totally perfect, just like Jesus 

The fact that we live in an imperfect world means sorrow, grief, fear, and dread, are a reality 

They are things we will have to face at times, no matter how good of a Christian we are 

Sometimes those things can come our way 

And when they do, we can follow Jesus pattern 

Because his pattern is perfect 

We can reach out for support or comfort or pity from close loved ones 

And we can cry out to our heavenly father 

We can even break down and wail and weep tears of sorrow and fear 

Jesus did, and there was nothing wrong with him when he did it 

He was still perfect 

He was still the image of the invisible God 

And maybe that is hard to wrap your mind around 

But it’s the truth 

If we will read the bible it will tell us pretty clearly 

God himself feels sorrow, grief, and even dread 

And he fells those things because sin is in the world 

The presence of sin has that effect on the eternal God of heaven 

So it is understandable that the presence of sin and its effects will at times have the same effect on us 

It did on Jesus  

And you and I, if we see someone in that state, we should offer them help and comfort 

Treat them like Jesus wanted to be treated 

He wanted someone to pray with him 

He wanted his companions to be close to him 

He desired for someone to show him some sympathy and compassion 

That is how you treat someone in emotional distress 

And if the only thing we have to offer is rebuke, then we should probably examine our hearts and try to figure out why we are giving place to the devil 

Don’t be like Job’s comforters 

You know his comforters were helping him, until they opened their mouths 

He was comforted by them as long as they sat there quietly, praying and meditating with him 

He was comforted just by their presence 

And if you don’t know what to do with someone who is experiencing strong emotions 

Pray for them 

And be there for them 

Encourage them 

Don’t kick them while they are down 

That is not the time to be hard towards them 

And let us look ever higher, lets look to the God of heaven for his example 

How did God answer Jesus prayer for comfort in his time of fear and grief and sorrow? 

Did God answer Jesus by rebuking him? 

Jesus, how dare you act that way? 

Did God answer Jesus by piling on? 

Did Jesus ask for fish, but God gave him a snake to bite him? 

No, of corse not 

turn over to the book of Luke 22, and we will see what God did when Jesus asked for comfort 

Luke 22:43-44 King James Version 

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

44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 

The father showed compassion on Jesus 

He sent an angel 

An angel to strengthen him 

And I think maybe that is something we can also relate to 

Sometimes we pray so earnestly, so desperately 

Sometimes the presence in the room will just change completely 

A peace, a comfort, it just comes our way out of nowhere 

God speaks peace to us 

And that is what is happening here with Jesus as he prayed 

This angel comes from heaven, and it strengthens him in his weakness 

The strength he needs for what lies ahead 

Our Perfect Savior 

And again, I was to finish by pointing to my main theme of this message: Jesus was our perfect savior 

And if there is one thing I hope you might take away from this message tonight 

The way Jesus behaved in Gethsemane was perfect 

Because Jesus was perfect 

And anyone who would tell you the way Jesus acted was sinful, they are deceiver 

And there are people in the world who do that 

They take things that were in the life of Jesus, and tell us it was sin 

And that alone is all the evidence we need to condemn their ungodly ideas 

No man, speaking by the holy spirit, can call Jesus Christ accursed 

Shame on the wicked men who turn Jesus into a sinner 

Looking for someone to show comfort, compassion, or pity 

That is not a sin, Jesus did it 

Feeling deep sorrow and deep grief 

That is not a sin, Jesus did it 

Being overwhelmed with horror 

Feeling deep fear and dread 

That is not a sin, Jesus did it 

Having an emotional breakdown, that is not a sin 

Jesus did it 

But I will tell you what is a sin 

Denying comfort, compassion, and pity to someone who needs it 

That is a sin 

Rebuking and condemning people for seeking comfort and compassion 

That is a sin 

Piling more weight on a person who is already in distress 

That is a sin 

And saying things that would turn Jesus into a sinner 

That is blasphemy 

That is real blasphemy 

Some people don’t even know what blasphemy is 

I heard a person onetime say, you blasphemed a certain preacher 

They don’t even know what blasphemy is 

And the fact they think it is possible to blaspheme a preacher 

That is in itself blasphemy 

Because they equate the preacher to God 

Its shameful 

And these things I preach tonight 

I don’t preach them because I want you to feel any of the emotional distresses we talked about tonight 

But I say them to let you know, those things can happen to Jesus himself 

And if you experience that, don’t beat yourself up over them 

Paul said he wanted to know Jesus and the fellowship of his sufferings 

When those things come upon you, you just getting a taste of what Jesus experienced himself 

There are some things you can only ever learn through direct experience 

And God has his ways of educating us 

And I am preaching this message, not for the first time. 

But I am preaching it again because there are deceivers out there 

Some of you sitting here, some of you listening online 

You have experienced it first hand 

And they told you that you should be ashamed of yourself 

And that you have something wrong with you  

I want you to know they don’t know what their talking about 

And the very things they condemn you for, would also condemn Jesus 

And no one speaking by the inspiration of the holy spirit can call Jesus is accursed 

You don’t ever need to be troubled by their words again 

You see, I sat and I watched the devil move unmolested against the saints 

I watched Satan abuse and torment person after person 

Telling them it was wrong to seek pity 

Telling it was wrong to talk about their feelings 

Telling them something was wrong with them for feeling sorrow or grief 

Telling them they had the devil because they felt fear 

I watched multiple being widows rebuked for mourning their losses 

I watched people be humiliated and shamed because they had a need  

And the irony was, the same devil who causing their panic attacks and anxiety was also condemning for having those attacks 

And I watched as the devil tortured people 

I watched as the devil abused people 

I watched as they fell into depression 

I watched as they fell into despair 

And I watched as devil’s victims had nervous breakdowns 

And I watched as devil’s victims lost hope and lost faith 

And I watched as the devil’s victims were destroyed 

And I watched as some even committed suicide 

And at a certain point, I said, that is enough 

I am not going to standby and watch this abuse go on another day 

And let me be very clear 

What was happening was not godly 

It was not spiritual 

I was demonic 

It was satanic 

It was evil 

It was abuse disguised with a cloak of righteousness  


But to anyone hearing what I have to say today,  

Be free in Jesus name 

No one speaking by the holy spirit can say Jesus is accursed 

I will say to you the same thing I said to the last person who asked me what to do 

Run for your life 

Because the thief is come to do nothing but to kill, steal, and destroy 

Run to the arms of Jesus 

And let me finish with this thought 

You and I may come upon times in life where we face sufferings or hardships that cause us to have emotions like Jesus did in the verses we read tonight 

But the thing about it is this: Jesus suffered so that you and I could be set free 

When those situations come upon you 

You can plead with God just like Jesus did 

And for Christ’s sake, you can be delivered 

You don’t have to voluntarily live with torment in your life 

You don’t have to voluntarily subject yourself to abuse 

Jesus had to go through with the cross, there was no other way 

But you and I, we are free because of Jesus 

We can say no, we can walk away from abuse 

That don’t mean you won’t be abused 

Because abusers don’t like to let people go 

But you don’t have to stay and voluntarily subject yourself to abuse 

When you see people bearing false witness against you 

Trying to lure you into a trap 

Being dishonest with you, trying to trick you 

Insulting your wife publicly 

Doing it in front of your own little children, making the kids cry 

You don’t need to put up with that 

God never called you that 

And if they say you have no right to get angry over that kind of thing 

That is just the devil in them talking 

You have every right to be angry over that 

Just don’t let your anger turn to wrath 

Turn around, and walk away 

That’s the thing to do 

Jesus paid for your peace, and you can go before the throne of God asking him for that peace 

Jesus knows exactly how you feel 

He personally understands everything we have faced as natural people 

And he is touched by the feeling of your infirmities 

So call out to him 

And you watch, and you will be amazed 

Just like the angel came to Jesus 

God will send you peace 

He will do something that will make a difference for you