This Sunday (3/4/18), I am continuing our new sermon series, “A Resurrection Hope,” that will build up and take us to Easter Sunday. Ron and I are preaching this series focusing on the last days of Jesus time on earth culminating with His death and ultimate resurrection on Easter Sunday some 2000 year ago. Our text comes from Mark 14-16. In this second lesson, we will focus on Mark 14:32ff looking at a powerful scene and time in the life of Christ – His time in the Garden at Gethsemane.
“Gethsemane” literally means “oil press,” it was located on a slope of the Mount of Olives just across the Kidron Valley from the city of Jerusalem. Jesus went here on multiple occasions to pray. However, in our text this morning, it will be His last visit there before His crucifixion. Although we are focusing on Mark’s account today, it would be advantageous for you to read what the other Gospel writes have to say happened in the garden (Matthew 26:36-56; Mark 14:32-52; Luke 22:39-53; and John 18:1-11).
The events that occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane have reverberated down through the centuries. The passion Jesus displayed on that momentous night has been depicted in music, books, and films for centuries. I invite you to join us this Sunday at the Ham Lane Church of Christ as we look at the important impact of this event in the life of our Lord