September 4, 2016

NT 34 Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Reference: Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:43-44

Story Summary:
   After the last supper, Jesus and the disciples went to Gethsemane, a garden of olive trees. Jesus took three of his disciples, Peter, James, and John, and went further into the garden. "Keep watch," Jesus said, before going off to pray.
   Jesus prayed to God the Father. "If it's possible, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Still, may your will be done." Jesus was asking God the Father if there was any way to avoid the sufferings of the cross.
   After praying, Jesus returned to the three disciples. He found them sleeping. He told them to watch and pray, so they could endure the upcoming temptation. Once again, Jesus left and prayed the same thing, asking God to remove the cup of suffering he was about to endure. Still, he ended his prayer telling the Father to do what he wanted, not what Jesus wanted.
   For a second time, he returned and found the disciples sleeping. He left and prayed the same prayer
a third time. As he prayed, his sweat was like drops of blood because he was so troubled. God saw Jesus' trouble and sent an angel to comfort him.

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus suffered to save us from our sins.
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Suffered - pound one fist on top of another
Save - do the baseball “safe!” sign
Us - point to yourself with two thumbs
Sins - two thumbs down

Verse / Motions:  1 Peter 3:18, ESV - For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God...
Christ - form a cross with your forearms
Suffered - pound one fist on top of another
Once - hold up one finger
Righteous - two thumbs up
Unrighteous - point to yourself with those two thumbs
Bring us to God - pretend to hold a box, then lift it to the sky

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Where did Jesus go after the last supper? // The garden of Gethsemane
What three disciples did Jesus take with him? // Peter, James, and John
How did Jesus feel? // Sad and troubled
What did Jesus tell the disciples to do? // Keep watch
What did Jesus pray? // Take this cup of suffering, do what you want, not what I want
What was the “cup of suffering”? // The punishment for sins Jesus was about to endure
What were the disciples doing when Jesus returned? // Sleeping
How many times did Jesus pray his prayer? // Three
Because Jesus was so troubled, what happened to his body? // His sweat was like drops of blood
Who did God send to comfort Jesus? // An angel

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