THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER

 

Part 38:  Jesus Prays In The Garden:

For Who, What?

(Mark 14: 35-36)

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In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth

 

Editors Note:There was a time I remember beloved that two men distinctly different which was not unusual came upon the earth. However they both embraced Jesus and confessed their love for God and Christ to the open church and to all that continued to hear them as they lived.

However one man still lingered in inferiority because he could not shake off the genes of Uncle Tom and those that informed on the brethren that sought to run for freedom guided by the midnight Sun. He also had a brown nose as often kissed and embraced fleshly authority from head to toe.

Meanwhile the other man who also looked like the first man kept God and Christ first in his life. He was removed from fear and inferiority. He held his head high as he knew the Savior of all (humankind) that liveth. He respected man in the flesh but only bowed down to God in prayer calling out the name of Jesus. He was saved but the other man perished along with the PREACHERS that he worshipped more than God.”

 

 


Greetings Brethren,

 

Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.

 

As Jesus prayed in the Garden what day was it? There are many distortions in scripture that have come about due to false teaching, ignorance and often custom and tradition. So bear with us as we note several things for your thought and mediation. Was it Wednesday when Jesus agonized in the Garden in prayer? (See Matthew 26: 48-72). Was it Thursday the day He was crucified thus allowing Jesus to be in the grave three days three nights and getting up on Sunday morning the third day? (See Matthew 27: 1-61). For the events of Friday regarding the concern for his grave see Matthew 27: 62.

 

As you digest the scripture thus mentioned we pray that you will gain a better understanding of the time and events of the crucifixion of Christ. Rest assured that the day before the Passover was the Day of Preparation. What was significant about this day in understanding the time and events here? Also what is the significance of crucifying Jesus on the Sabbath Day the Holiday the Passover Day Friday and the great crowds that would have gathered?

 

Now follow us as we look to Jesus the day before the crucifixion on Wednesday as he prays in solitude. Our primary scripture is found at Mark 14: 35-36. However we refer you to verses 32-42. You can also find similar scripture at Matthew 26: 36-40 and Luke 22: 39-46.

 

Mark 14: 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.”

 

Jesus went a little further away from his disciples to pray alone. His concern was the agony the events leading up to the crucifixion. The hour he wished that would pass was the agony regarding the trials he faced. He wished that this would pass. However all of these events and the crucifixion were destined to take place.

 

Now follow us to the Gospel of John for an additional word here. At John 12 verses 20-37 Jesus the Messiah teaches about the things of death and why he must die. Our primary verse is verse 27.

 

John 12: 27: “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 was/is also given the human nature of all other human beings. However his divine knowledge revealed to him that he must endure the pain of suffering the events that would lead up to his execution.  His troubled spirit was revealed in an agitation regarding the condition of his mind.  His emotions as they played out the human quality lingered and troubled him. Thus he asks the Father to save him from this hour. This did not mean from the cross but from the agony of the emotional distress he experienced.

 

Now follow us over to Hebrews 5: 7 for a very powerful message that will help us see this thought even more.

 

Hebrews 5: 7: “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; “

 

We will first look at the phrase “days of his flesh.” This means that Jesus came in the flesh and had human qualities thus it refers to the time on earth before the crucifixion. Meanwhile we note that Jesus often prayed to His Father. However the subject of his prayers is not always clear.  Although our primary scripture at Mark 14 is very similar to the scripture regarding the same subject found at Luke 22 and Matthew 26 the scripture at Luke offers us a different view as we review who and what Jesus prayed for.  So at Luke 22: 41-44 we see Jesus praying in the Garden with supplication and with strong crying and tears.

 

Meanwhile here at Hebrews our scripture mentions one subject of his prayers is to be saved from death. But this does not mean when Jesus prayed in the Garden He sought the relief from death. (See Matthew 26: 51-54 and John 18: 10-11 where Peter was rebuked for trying to shield his Master from death). As we look at the verse here we find that this prayer received a favorable answer from the Lord.  The scripture tells us He was heard. What was heard? What was heard is that Jesus was saved from death as He got up from grave.  He did not pray to be saved from cross.

 

We will now return to our primary scripture found at Mark 14 and our second primary verse.

 

Mark 14: 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.”

 

Jesus prayed regarding the hour noted in the previous verse. This hour concerned the agony and anxiety He faced regarding the ordeal and events that led up to His crucifixion. There are also several cross references of note. See Matthew 20:22 where Jesus teaches about ambition and serving others. Also see the Gospel of John. John 5: 30: and verses 22-30 where Jesus teaches about His equality with God as the son of God. At John 6: 38 and verses 22-40 Jesus reveals that He is the bread of life. John 18: 11 where we see the difference in the cup mentioned at our primary verses. Here it means the ordeal of the crucifixion against which Peter tried to defend the Lord.

 

Romans 8: 15: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

 

The Jewish Christians noted here had been set free by the Law. Thus allowing them to recognize God as their Father. Thus all that embrace Christ can call God Father in prayer and in joy and pain.

 

Our final scripture for this discussion is taken from Galatians.

 

Galatians 4: 6: “And because ye are sons God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

 

Those that accept Christ are accepted into the ranks of the family of God. Thus we can all call God Father when we love and embrace Jesus. Thus we pray in His name to our Father which art in Heaven.

 

Cont. Part 39: The Miracle of Prayer & The Birth of John

 

Peace and Paradise,

Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 9 November 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

 

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