Testimony by Colin Cooper (Coping With Crisis)
Coping With Crisis
1) Jesus chose close friends to be with him (v33)
"Don't push everyone away!"
2) Jesus opened His soul to them (v34)
"Be honest about how you feel!"
3) He poured out His heart to His Father (v36)
"Tell Tell God exactly how you feel!"
4) He finally rested His soul on the eternal work of God (v36)
We are made for eternity
The gospel & especially the resurrection of Jesus our hope
The father's love is beyond our comprehension
Mark 14:32-42 New International Version (NIV)
32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[a] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
[a] Mark 14:36 Aramaic for father