Luke: Does Your Heart Need Healing
“The Garden & The Temptation”
Luke 22:39-71 NASB
39 And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. 40 Now when He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you do not come into temptation.” 41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, 42 saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” 43 Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground]. 45 When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, 46 and He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you do not come into temptation.”
47 While He was still speaking, behold, a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading the way for them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 When those who were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus responded and said, “Stop! No more of this.” And He touched his ear and healed him. 52 And Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders who had come against Him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against a man inciting a revolt? 53 While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.”
54 Now they arrested Him and led Him away, and brought Him to the house of the high priest; but Peter was following at a distance. 55 After they kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter was sitting among them. 56 And a slave woman, seeing him as he sat in the firelight, and staring at him, said, “This man was with Him as well.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “I do not know Him, woman!” 58 And a little later, another person saw him and said, “You are one of them too!” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59 And after about an hour had passed, some other man began to insist, saying, “Certainly this man also was with Him, for he, too, is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” And immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 And then the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
63 The men who were holding Jesus in custody began mocking Him and beating Him, 64 and they blindfolded Him and repeatedly asked Him, saying, “Prophesy, who is the one who hit You?” 65 And they were saying many other things against Him, blaspheming.
66 When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber, saying, 67 “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe; 68 and if I ask a question, you will not answer. 69 But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 And they all said, “So You are the Son of God?” And He said to them, “You say correctly that I am.” 71 And then they said, “What further need do we have of testimony? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth!”
Jesus told the apostles to pray that they would not come into temptation (verse 40). We should also pray that we do not fall into temptation.
Temptation is not new:
1 Corinthians 10:3 NKJV
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Temptation leads to sin which leads to death.
The wages of sin is death.
Jesus drank our cup of deadly sin for us.
Our cup is a cup of trials/tribulation:
John 16:33 NASB
33 These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
God promises to be there with us through the trials
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
We may be tempted to defend God but God does not need us to defend Him. It may be a trap.
2 Timothy 2:23 NJKV
23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
Prayer takes Practice!
When tempted to jump in and help God out we should reach out to Him in prayer first and give Him time to respond to our prayer.
Prayer keeps us connected to Jesus
We can uncouple ourselves from Jesus when we yield to temptation.
Temptation leads to sin that leads to death.
Jesus’ Yoke Protects Us from Sin
Jesus’ yoke is to keep us connected to Him at all times to help pull us away from the temptation.
1. What are some thoughts that come to mind when thinking about Jesus last time in the garden?
Read Luke 22:39-42
a. Why do you think Jesus would warn the apostles to pray not to come into temptation?
b. How often do we pray that we do not come into temptation?
2. Are there any new temptations that haven’t been around before?
Read 1 Corinthians 10:13
a. Is there any temptation that is impossible to resist?
b. Does it feel like it’s impossible sometimes?
c. What are some things we should do when we feel the temptation to sin coming on?
3. What is the cup in verse 42 that Jesus is referring to?
Read John 16:33
a. What is tribulation?
b. Do we have it in our lives today?
c. How would you compare the tribulation we have to that of the first century church?
d. What does it mean when Jesus says he has overcome the world?
4. Does God promise to be with us through the trials? What are some of the promises in scripture that He will be with us?
Read Luke 22:43-50
a. Have you ever felt you needed to protect God?
b. Are we ever called to protect God?
c. What are we called to do?