New King James Version (NKJV)
The Prayer in the Garden
32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”
33 And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed.
34 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”
35 He went a little farther, 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 for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”
You - all of us - have great possibilities with God.
--For good. For blessings. The Bible teaches it.
--Think of all things possible for ancient Israel!
--Crossing the Red Sea, and Jordan River. "on dry land" .. amazing miracles .. of God's promises.
--Delivering three Hebrew youths in a foreign land, from a "fiery furnace" as we read in Daniel 3.
--Jesus said, "All things are possible to him who believes" (Mark 9:23). Those in God's holy will.
We have times in life all of us face tough trials.
--Even believers, living godly; but none, as Jesus.
--Turn to Mark 14:32-36, with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, agonizing and praying with disciples.
--Jesus invited them to "pray with Him" as He was to face the cross - for the sins of the world.
--He "took Peter, James and John with Hiim, and began to be troubled and deeply distressed" (v 33).
--And prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Hiim" (v 35).
--That the Father might spare Him from this cross!
Don't we sometimes pray, in a similar way - in pain and pressure and problems - "Father, take it away."
--Sometimes it "is possible." Sometimes, it isn't.
--That Holy Week, it was not possible, for Jesus.
--He could not save Himself from a cross, and at the same time save us and all humanity, from our sin.
Some trials only we can bear, others we can share.
--But we can always "cast your burden on the Lord; and He shall sustain you" (Psalm 55:22).
--What amazing grace of God! What joy of the Lord!
God wants us to use all possibilities God may have.
--What did Jesus pray? "Father, all things are possible for You." Mentions "possible" frequently.
--We see both the divine and human emotion of Jesus.
--He feels for us. Prays for us .. "all things possible" for our best good. Gives it to the saved.
I'll never forget when we five children were all at home, growing up, taking life a bit for granted; my father suddenly got appendicitis - it ruptured!
--Peritonitis set in. Death was imminent, any day.
--In the hospital, in oxygen; special-duty nurses.
--His life hung by a thread, for three long weeks.
--Would Dad make it, or not? It was a great shock.
--It welded the family together in frevent prayer!
Life abruptly changed, to see things vital, eternal!
--Where we had been careless, maybe quarrelsome, now we were united - in love, oneness, and prayer.
--I prayed everywhere - not shallow, as before; deep yearning, searching, yielding, pleas to the Lord.
--In the pasture. Or beneath hospital shrub or tree.
--Anywhere, everywhere, "Lord, if it be possible..."
--At long last, it was possible. Dad survived.
--Our family agreed, that grave crisis was a blessing of God - it brought us close to Christ; and closer to each other. It taught us God's possibilities!
--That's what life is really all about, isn't it?
These disciples were common folk with uncommon faith.
--It is this uncommon faith and devotion and obedience to the Lord, that makes miracles possible.
--My friend, you and the Lord have possibilites!
--The Lord is available, ready, willing. Are we?
A farmer had a deep large pit he dug for discards.
--But, his mule fell in it, and try as he may, he was not able to get that mule out - no way.
--Finally, felt if couldn't get it out, he ought to bury the mule; so he got loads of dirt hauled in.
--He started filling up the hole, with the dirt.
--He had a smart mule, with each load of dirt, mule stepped up on it - surprisingly, soon stepped out!
--What looked impossible - disaster and death - was made possible - by God, and a smart mule!
--Let's remember this, when we're in a bad hole.
"All things work together for good," God says as He makes His blessed will "possible" for believers.
--No real need,you and I have, is impossible.
--When we are "born again" in Jesus, He "provides."
God can take what may seem impossible, and if it is His Holy will and for our best good, He can make it possible.
--He has done it so many times, in the Bible.
--So many wonderful ways and times, for me.
--And I have seen God do it may times, for others..
Friend, never think that we don't need the Lord.
--That is like thinking we don't need sunshine, air, water and food, to get along.
--We may try to get along, with no Lord - and we may for a while - but the time will come when each one of us will call out to God. Why not do so now?
Sometimes adversities can be an asset to bring us to God; and when it does, that will be for our good.
--Turn to Mark 9:14-24, for a good illustration.
--Adversity brought a man and his seriously handicapped son to Jesus, "If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us" (v 22). Real need.
--The physicians couldn't help. Nor disciples.
--Jesus was his last resort. "Lord, can You?"
Note, Jesus asked the man, "Can you believe?
--"If you can believe, all things are possible .. to him who believes.
--We see how crucial is our faith - right believing and right living - is to applying God's ability.
This father, and gravely ill son, needed God's help.
--How did the father respond? What would we do?
--The dad said, "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.
--That is, "Lord, overcome my fears, with faith!"
--And Jesus healed the man's son!
--I believe that Jesus also forgave and saved them.
--God can take what seems impossible, and if in His holy will, can make it possible at times for us!
O my friend, you and the Lord - have possibilities.
--Possibilities of blessings untold .. heavenly.
--I've seen some, people said impossible to be saved, yet as hearts are melted, come to confess Christ!
--Their life, marriage, family, all - "born again."
--Jesus came in to be both Savior, and their Lord.
Don't be down and discouraged with your life, I say that everyone has great possibilities in the Lord!
--You and I are alive, aren't we? That's a miracle.
--I look into the face of any newborn baby, and the miracle of life causes me to praise the Lord.
--"We are fearfully and wonderfully made" by God.
--Those precious little eyes, ears, nose, lips.
--Tiny fingers, and a mind and body to grow for God.
--Only God can create a birth. And a "new birth."
--The Lord is full of impossibilities made possible!
--Look at all of them, in the Bible. And in life!
A young man brightly radiated the joy of Jesus.
--He was a joy to know. In his life, family, job.
--In the church, community, and neighbors.
--Someone asked, "I'd give the world to have, in my life and home, what you seem to have - such peace and joy!" He saw what was lacking in his life.
--So this Christian young man replied, "That is what it cost me - I gave up the world with its glitter, and took Jesus as my personal Savior. He, and God alone, have made all the blessings possible."
Then added, "Why don't you give Jesus a try too?"
Don't say "No," to God's invitation, and promises.
--Nor think that this is for some, but not for you.
--Friend it is for you, as it was for me. For all.
--Just as God became Man, we can become sons of God.
--Let go of life's negatives, and its impossibilities.
--Let's focus on a great God of the possible in Him.
An unknown author wrote these valuable lines:
"Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle, replied,
That maybe it couldn't, be he would be one
Who wouldn't say so, 'til he tried.
So he buckled right in, with a trace of a grin
On his face and if he worried, he hid it,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing,
That couldn't be done - be he did it!"
What does God want you and me to do now, for Him?
--"To give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11).
--Of possibilities in Jesus! - W.D. Gough, ThD. DD. 104