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Agony and Apathy in Gethsemane

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May 23, 2022 2:00 am

Agony and Apathy in Gethsemane

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If you would turn to Luke 2222 and I want to make a couple of comments before we get into the message tonight I have the privilege and I consider it a privilege to be able to visit shut-ins, many of whom are widows and when I do that I have a desire to be able encourage them.

Perhaps bring a smile to their face, but more importantly, encourage them in their faith and in the word and to sayings to sentences that stand out to me two different widows made one of them. I can be in a crowded room and feel alone. The other one I'm crawling through my grief in both of these ladies my opinion, have a solid faith in Jesus Christ. But that shows what their they're going to and that in mind. With that in mind, I had a keen desire to have a message on helping people to intense emotional trials, and I started to think what text of Scripture might lead us to an example of how we could encourage people during awful emotional trial, and I personally could think of non-better than one of the accounts and the Gospels of Jesus in Gethsemane and I think as we get into it tonight. You'll go see why I've chosen that I read out of Matthew's account, but our text to be out of Luke's account as we go through it, you'll notice in the handout that I give you will be looking at several passages in Mark. Not a lot of Scripture not a lot of turning be mainly in the Gospels that all have you listen a bit, but I want to read something to you that gives an overview opponent gives an overview of the life of Christ and then go back to the sands of the deals with the garden and then give you a brief introduction, if I may just get the big picture. Pastor Kearns alluded to.

Much of this this morning from analyst past redemptions plan was in the heart of God for man is Angels watched in the site when heavens print lay down his rights conceived within the virgin's womb, a cave, his birthplace and is to the son of God.

Now Son of Man would grace the Galileans and great miracles fit to confirm Messiah's claim were scorned and spurned by hard hearts chained to the law that Christ fulfilled without a flaw the garden very often prayed became the site were friends betrayed the Lamb who sacrifice drove home. The price he paid send to atone the gap with that. They led him down while Bruton little men all gathered round the site astonish friend and foe. The worst of the worst was near Martinsville Golgotha was his destined path where he exhausted holy wrath their Judah's lion bowed his head. Atonement made God's Lamb was dead was with the riches body lay as prophecy came true that day that he arose in three day span death and the grave at his command. Now, worthy is the lamppost saying Christ will return as King of Kings with those dear saints who gone before will dwell with him forever more. Back to the middle of the garden where he often prayed became the site where friend betrayed the Lamb who sacrifice drove Homer made clear. Drove home the price he paid send to atone.

I title the message agony and apathy in the garden in my intention. As I said initially was just a focus on Christ and I could not get away from the contrast between his agony and the apathy of those disciples that were closest to.

I could not get away from that and as we look in detail at some of the verses I think I think it will be incredible to you as well little head start and in the text tonight. Prior to the Last Supper where Jesus would tell his imminent betrayal. He said of the multitude.

Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say father, save me from this hour, but for this purpose I came to this hour. The word troubled is a strong word signifying a horror anxiety and agitation. Just before departing with his disciples to Gethsemane, Jesus prayed his high priestly prayer recorded in John 17. Imagine what it would have been like for the disciples to hear Jesus prayed. I have glorified you on the earth. I have glorified you on the earth. I finished the work which you given me to do.

Jesus used the past tense, as though Gethsemane gabapentin Golgotha were behind him. This makes his agony and Gethsemane, and his petition that God let the cup pass all the more striking we pick up Christ emotional, Luke 22 beginning with verse 39 and the first thing I want us to notice is Christ accustomed discipline in prayer. Luke 2239 coming out. He went to the Mount of olives, as was his custom, or as he was accustomed and his disciples also followed him.

The word accustomed means often used or practiced being in the habit or custom the King James version of that verse uses the word want W ONT if you look at up in Webster.

He says that definition stresses habit but usually applies to what is favored sought or purposefully cultivated, beloved, let me ask a question his private prayer is private prayer indicative of this definition in your life and applies to what is favored, sought or purposefully cultivated John's account of Jesus in the garden states that Jesus knew the place for Jesus often met there with his disciples in Matthew chapter 6 verse six Jesus instructed his disciples what you when you pray going to your room, and when you shut your door, pray to your father who's in the secret place in your father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Albert Barnes commentary on this verse gives an interesting insight. Listen to what he says the Jews had a dedicated room, usually on their flat roof. This is the place commonly mentioned in the New Testament is the upper room or the place for secret prayer. The meaning of the Savior is that there should be someplace where we may, in secret, or we may be alone with God.

There should be someplace to which we may resort where no rear will hear us, but his ear and no I can see us but his eye the Savior had all the difficulties we can have that he lived in the practice of secret prayer to be alone. He rose up a great while before day and went into a solitary place in prayed with him a grove, a mountain of garden furnish such a place, and though a traveler, and among strangers and without a house he lived in the habit of secret prayer. What excuse have a who will practice no self-denial that they may be alone with God and you notice in your notes. This application question. Do you follow Christ's example of private prayer that is a consistent pattern in your life no matter what your circle, you know, when I coach soccer I would one of the things that I would say to the guys to the zeros Mustang. The score why because you become complacent and you go from complacency to concern when they score a goal.

So longer to do zero.

There's no comfortable cushion. It's to the one beloved, I'm afraid. When the sun is shining on us. We have a to do nothing lead. We have a to do nothing mentality on the mentality should be to the one that is Pastor Kearns at earlier in his prayer dependent always consistently dependent and in reflecting to a pattern of prayer. II. Not only do we consider Christ accustomed discipline in prayer, but Christ's admonition to watchfulness. I want you to Keep Your Pl. in Luke 22 but I think it would be very beneficial if you turn to these texts in marked Luke 2240 says he came to the place he said to them, pray that you may not enter into temptation that keep this in mind, Jesus had already told his disciples for times.

Everything is going to happen. I want us to read Mark's account. Mark 831 to 33.

First of all, Mark 831 to 33 and he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He spoke this word openly and that word openly means plainly then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, the one you turned around and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying get behind me Satan, for you are not mindful of the things of God but the things of men. That was his first period of instruction turnover one chapter the Mark nine versus 31 and 32 it says for he taught his disciples and said to them, the Son of Man is being betrayed in the hands of men and they will kill him, and after he is killed he will rise. The third day, but they did not understand the sign and they were afraid to ask him and I put in my notes.

God may choose to withhold the why behind his Providence. When that happens we are to believe, trust and obey who he is. So two times he's he's clearly worn them. This is going to happen. Turn a Mark 1032 through 34 for the third instance were told in that text. Now they were on the road going to Jerusalem. Jesus was going before them and they were amazed that means to stupefy will surprise us down or astonish.

They were amazed and as a follower. They were afraid that word means to be alarmed, as they follow they were alarmed by their headed to Jerusalem. Then he took the 12 aside again and began to tell them things that would happen doing, and I again in my notes immediately following this, James and John ask that they might set on his right hand on his left hand in his glory.

Folks think about that. This is the third time Jesus has said, I will be killed. And after the third time he says that these two brothers are saying can we sit on your right hand in your left hand when you come in your king battling the fourth instance of Jesus teaching what was going to happen is found in Mark 13 little bit longer. 31 to 37. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away, but of that day in our no one knows not even the angels in heaven, nor the sun but only the father take heed, watch and pray for you do not know when the time is it's like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the houses, in the evening at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster in the morning, less coming suddenly, he find you sleeping and what I say to you I say to all watch what I say to you I say to all watch the new American Standard version says keep on the alert.

The English standard version says it be on guard keepaway. You've heard me use this thought before it's it's not original with me. To be sure, but we live in lion country Satan the devil is like a Ron a lion going about seeking whom he may devour.

How could he devour us well. It could be physical death but lost testimony. Complacency coasting apathy. The last text I want you to look at is Mark 1426 to 31 Mark 1426 to 31 following the last supper we we read this when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of olives.

Then Jesus said to them, all of you will be made to stumble because of me this night, for it is written, I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered, but after I've been raised.

I will go before you to Galilee. Peter said to them, even if all are made to stumble yet I will not be stopped there for a second. Keep that in the back of your mind. Keep that in the back your mind even if all are made to stumble yet I will not be Jesus said to him, assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times, but he Peter spoke more of a ham and deli if I have to die with you on not deny you and they all said likewise. In spite of the miracles that he performed before their eyes, and the teaching that they had heard for three years with him. They reject what he says is about to happen. The second application question that I would ask you take Christ's warnings about the last days seriously as evidenced by guarding and guiding your thoughts, words and deeds by his words by his word were you asleep at the wheel as his warnings and full-blooded. It doesn't take a genius to look at what's happening in this world things happening in this world that we would not dream of happening five short years ago. In the span of a year and 1/2 things happening in this world that are frightening in one sense, encouraging in another. How can they be both their frightening because we don't know what lies ahead in the immediate future. There sure. And because we know what lies ahead after the final chapter, we will be in the presence of God back to our text in Luke 22. The third thing I want us to consider. Tonight is Christ desperate appeal in the context of God's will.

Christ desperate appeal in the context of God's will now I will. I'm going to mention this again later, but I want to say it now for emphasis. Keep in mind that we reference John 17, where Jesus said, I have finished the work that you gave me to do. Keep that in mind as we get into this part of the text Luke 2241 to 42 and he was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and he knelt down and prayed saying father if it is your will take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done. And here's the point.

Beloved Jesus knew the wrath that lay within the cup ahead of them in this knowledge impacted his prayer, he knew he knew what lay within the cup that he would drink. He knew that Psalm 22, reference him reading that he knew it in the question I have before I ask you to listen the three texts that of Isaiah. When did he know that one did. When did he come to the realization as a man, a young man was it in his teen years. We don't know the answer but the thought that hit me as I immerse myself in this these four parallel passages whenever he knew that he lived.

He lived with knowing that someday soon this is going to happen to me. I want you to listen to some text you've read many times Isaiah 50 verse six I gave my back to those who struck and my cheeks to those who plot the Hebrew word is to tear out. I gave my beard to those who tore out the beard. I did not hide my face from shame and spitting. Isaiah 5214 just as many were astonished at you stop these people are used to seeing crucifixion. Crucifixion was used to make a point by the Romans mess with us and this is what you will get.

Crucifixion was such a horrible type of debt that even the worst that they could do for a Roman soldier that had been negligent a written loan.

It was to crucify, that was the worst it would be like. Remember the story of when David told his general Joab to have Uriah get close to the wall because he wanted and killed and Joab tells a messenger. By the way, if the king asked why did so-and-so get killed, and how did he get kill. The worst way a warrior could get killed a woman to a stone off the wall and crushed nothing, value, just a death because of the sin of David now these people were used to crucifixion being the worst of the worst and it says just as many were astonished that you his visage was marred more than any man and his form more than the sons of men putting that in the vernacular. They did not they had never done anything like this to anyone. I mean, how else would you rate it is visage was marred more than any man in his form more than the sons of men in the last texture familiar with Isaiah 53, 325 he's despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

And we hid as it were our faces from he was despised, and we did not esteem him. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows that we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities.

The chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed than verse 10 of Isaiah 53 said yet it please the Lord to bruise him.

He has put in degree, Jesus qualifies his prayer.

He knows what's going to happen. He's asking this cup that he knows full well what is in it he qualifies his prayer with this if it is your will take this cup from me and at the end of it. Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done. Beloved, the third application question in the midst of your trials and you all have them, to varying degrees in the midst of your trials. Do you approach the throne of grace, sincerely, desiring his will to be done even if it means drinking a cup of person lacking going to give you two personal illustration. First, when I'm going to give now I and my senility.

I may forget it. This is nitroglycerin. There have been four or five times.

When I got it out of my pocket. You know I'm saying when I say that I had a pain in my chest were up my arm and I can say each time I said Lord I'm in your hands. Have your will be done as sincerely as on know how to say do you I had complete peace from the time I had the heart attack until the night I will not leave this earth until it's God's will and nothing can keep me here when it is but I take Matt up my pocket three or four times. The second illustration. When I asked God to give our special-needs grandsons understanding and ability to function in an often unsympathetic world. I acknowledge he has made them as he wants for his glory. And that's the bottom line that I have to do is made them as he wants them for his glory. I do this, bowing the need his provenance, knowing that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose and that purpose is Christ likeness. Beloved, we all have a cup to drink, but I reminded the greater the trial, the greater the grace the greater the grace the greater his glory.

If we can just embrace that truth. The fourth thing that I want us to consider.

Tonight is Christ's agony and the disciples apathy when you go into a jewelry store. Often times you will see that they will feature their diamonds on a black velvet background or black cloth background and I can't think of any more fitting illustration. Then contrasting the agony of Christ in the apathy of those closest to him as his disciples. You talk about a contrast.

Christ's agony in the disciples, apathy, Luke 2243 and 44, then an angel appeared to him from heaven, strengthening him and being in agony he prayed more earnestly.

Then his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Why did I make the emphasis on certain words, God's answer to his prayer was not the removal of the of the cup, but the presence of an angel to minister to them and folks here is the point of the emphasis the depth of his agony is seen in his intensified appeal after the angel ministered to his intensified appeal after the angel ministered to Matthew and Mark's accounts state that he prayed the same words three times you've heard that before.

Keep that in mind. Keep that in mind as were going to draw parallelism here, but that grips me if I can, and I've seen the passion there's things obviously we disagree with that movie.

But one thing Mel Gibson did do for us. We don't have some image of a Renaissance painting of Jesus hanging on a cross with a little blood here and there and no I he made it a good attempt to show the horror of what Jesus went through. But when I think of him and I reflect upon a couple of scenes in that film in the blue blackness blue-black gloom. Jesus is lying on his face. He's ministered to by the angel and he intensifies his prayer.

You really have to think about that for a while.

You have to think about that for a while and really let it let it rip you and here's the point why I said don't lose track that he prayed this three times the apathy on the part of his disciples is apparent in their repeated sleep is difficult to understand how the disciples could see Jesus drenched in the blood he swept in such emotional turmoil and still sleep in light of what he told them was going to happen. Are you ready that night. Tonight Peter, you will deny me tonight.

They will take the Son of Man tonight you will all flee.

He prayed and they slept. We go on notice versus 45 and 46 says when he rose up from prayer and income is disciples, he found them sleeping from sorrow. Then he said to him, why do you sleep rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation. What makes this so disturbing to me is that both Matthew and Mark's accounts state.

This he began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then he said to them, my soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.

Stay here and watch with me. What's the point they saw his distressed state as he talked with them and they still slept, and I think sometimes we will read passages like this with the 20 mentality. Imagine him being alone in a crowded room and it wasn't crowded but you know what I'm what I'm saying. Along with those closest to them in ministry and he's praying in their sleeping and here's here's the punchline. While Jesus prayed three times in his hour of agony. They fell asleep three times. I don't think that's an accidental parallelism. Mark's accounts even more shocking. Listen to it if you would mark 14.

If you want to look later, 37 to 41.

Listen to this. Then he came and found them sleeping and said to Peter, Simon, are you sleeping and I would like to back up and just interject what if I could. What if Jesus said, Simon, are you sleeping all I'll die with the Lord. I'll die with that is kind of the opposite, that you would think coming from someone who was asleep he says Simon you sleeping could you not watch one hour.

Then he says it again, watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.

The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak. Again, he went away and prayed and spoke the same words and when he returned he found them asleep again for their eyes were heavy and they did not know what answer they did know what answer there's no excuse.

Then he came the third time and said to them, are you still sleeping and resting. It's enough, the hours come behold the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Question that you can see in your notes application question.

Does your life reflect passion or passivity awareness or apathy in light of what we see happening before us across the world beloved the word apathy means lacking in energy or will lethargic tending not to take an active or dominant part in the question is this. Are we watching and praying. Are we watching and bring the last consideration tonight that we want to look at is Christ's actions evidenced fateful obedience in the midst of suffering and I think that this is the key to handling emotional trauma. What is the key to the next thing do the and you're going to see this as we as we read the last part of this text. How can you handle emotional turmoil. One of the things obviously you pray you of your discipline and prayers, your watchful you make an appeal of the Lord in the context of his will you make certain you're not apathetic, but here's the thing you do. The next thing my cousin that lost her husband recently. Jane and I went down to see her Friday and Saturday and we committed her while because this is exactly what she's doing. The next thing it did she grave well, let me say this. She's the one that said, I'm crawling to my grief. Yes, she's grieving but she understands that life has to go on.

I've got to do the next thing not only for myself before my kids for other people. What a Jesus to when they can begin the next thing you'll see that as we get into it.

Christ's actions evidenced fateful obedience in the midst of suffering, look at 47 and 48 the pretended devotion of the trader while he was still speaking, behold a multitude and he who was called Judas, one of the 12 one.

Before the men drew near to Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said to Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss and let me say this. Judas was one of the 12 who have been privileged to see Jesus like no other people had been privileged to see Jesus, perhaps with the exception obviously of his brothers and and Joseph and Mary. But as far as followers they been privileged to live live with him for three years and here's the point. Beloved great privilege is not a guarantee of saving faith where you going with that we are privileged to attend church for the word of God is central.

As a result of this privilege, I ask you, are you a proclaimer or a pretend pretenders.

All they have to do is come and occupy a few. That's all they have to do, but if you are proclaimer going to be about the Lord's business will be about the Lord's business will be about the Lord's business is simply living in a way that would glorify him to be about the Lord's business by taking every opportunity you can to share the gospel with others. Notice first 49 and verse 50. The futility of zeal without informed Faye informed Faye their faith was uninformed.

If I can put it that way by choice because Jesus taught them the same thing four times Jesus had repeatedly for one what was to take place. Notice 49 and 50 when those around him saw what was going to happen.

They said to him, Lord, shall we strike with the sword and Peter doesn't even give him a chance to answer, Lord, shall we strike with a sore and one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear and we would say this being fair with the disciples to an extent, their courageous but ill-founded zeal before a crowd with swords and clubs is commendable. I mean imagine 11 of you, plus Christ and them not not equalize its commendable, but it's ill-founded zeal. It's ill-founded zeal because Jesus had said. They all would flee during that hour they all would flee during that hour and then verse 51.

The hardness of the unregenerate heart and that you know is is you read Scripture you see this and think this often. I'm sure Jesus answered and said permit even this and he touched his ear and healed him permit even this the new American Standard translate this stop. No more of this. In other words, easy speaking to Peter stop no more of this. MacArthur says this miracle is unique in that Christ healed an enemy unasked and without any evidence of faith in the recipient that is mind-boggling.

The miracle is unique because Christ healed an enemy unasked without any evidence of faith in the recipient. It's also remarkable. MacArthur says it's such a dramatic miracle had no effect whatsoever on the hearts of those men not, neither had the explosive power of Jesus words which knock them to the ground as recorded in John 18 Peter and cut off now cusses a year after healing it. Jesus said to Peter, put your sword in the Vichy. Shall I not drink the cup which my father is given. The next step is telling him I'm going to drink this cup. Notice versus 52 and 53 he committed his commitment to obedience in every providential detail verse 52 and Jesus said to the chief priests and captains of the temple and the elders would come if you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs when I was with you daily in the temple. You did not try to seize me, but this is your hour in the power of darkness. Beloved, we need to keep in mind that this is not only the hour of evil.

It was the hour when the agony of Christ less led to the glory of the atonement for his own. It just depends on which perspective you look at this if you look at it from a man words perspective the glass is half empty. This innocent exemplary man from a human standpoint would be brutalized. That's that glass half-empty. It's is horrifying, but for us who are redeemed by what he went through it's it's an hour of glory for him is our glory.

God's our glory. Keep in mind this was not only the hour of evil this ER when the agony of Christ led to the glory of the atonement for his own and following Christ emotional suffering and Gatton Gethsemane.

He obediently did the rest.

Beloved, he went from Gethsemane to the trial okay and after the trial they sent him to gap of and if you read any history about Roman flogging with the flagellum nine cords and 6 inches up each cord something sharp and at the very end of each cord away a stone piece of lead and they would take that flagellum and usually Mel Gibson has Jesus draped over a stone and tied, but often they would type a man's hands over his head and pulled him up and what would that do.

It would tighten his skin and then they would take the flagellum and wrap it around his body and often often by the time they were done internal organs would be exposed. Most people did not live through a Roman scourging.

Most of them, and to think that Jesus not only lived through it, but went to Golgotha after and obviously that's the reason why he had to have his crossbeam carried but he went from Gethsemane and the emotion that we consider tonight the agony that he we consider tonight to GABA for in the physical torture that astonish people when they saw him and then he goes to God that the and really the most heartbreaking part of the drama of redemption. If I can put it that way is hearing Jesus say these words, my God, my God, why view strip for sake me Gethsemane emotional Tabitha physical Golgotha spiritual the grave glory and he's interceding on behalf of his own. Even now I'm going to repeat the questions, you can look at them on the handout or just listen by application by way of application do you follow Christ's example of private prayer that is a consistent pattern in the life, the matter what your circumstance number two did you take Christ warnings about the last days. Seriously, as evidenced by guarding and guiding your thoughts, words and deeds by his word are you asleep at the wheel as his warnings unfold third question in the midst of your trials. Do you approach the throne of grace, sincerely, desiring his will to be done even if it means drinking a cup of personal agony you desire his will to be done.

Fourth, does your life reflect passion capacity, awareness or apathy in light of what we see happening before us across the world.

Then finally, your actions and attitude reflect a commitment to persevere in a vein during every stage of God's providence for your life. Folks, we may be called to endure our own agony. In the days ahead.

Fellow Christians are doing that across the world even is. We speak, we may be called into our own agony. In the days ahead, we should examine our lives to discern whether apathetic or alert the warning of God's word. Let me close by reading Matthew 24, 35 to 44. Listen to this fee would have an earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away, but of that day and hour no one knows, not even the names of heaven but my father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Then two men will be in the field.

One will be taken.

The other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill. One will be taken, yet the left watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming, but know this, that the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore, in light of this, therefore you also be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect by way of invitation.

If you are here tonight and you are not in Christ. You are playing Russian, and I would just encourage you and plead with you to flee to Christ if you are here tonight and you are in Christ and you have that confidence in that piece that is almost unexplainable to someone who doesn't.

But if you're here in that condition are you pleading before the throne of grace runs a relatives are you pleading before pleading before the throne of grace for unsaved friends.

Are you taking opportunity to share what you have been given in the gospel and I want to really think about it.

We need to we need to ask ourselves semi-apathetic in any way shape or form and brothers and sisters. II think just reading the account of Jesus in the garden should grip us and maybe we should do that more often than we do our closing song is one that we often saying, but I wanted to have you look at the lyrics of that. This, in my opinion, is an example of a song that has it all and what I mean by that I use illustration with attains often in my Bible class. Imagine having a black and white photograph black and white photograph and putting around that photograph a gilded gold frame now. The photograph could be outstanding, a landscape, something like that is just striking and beautiful black and you got that gold frame around what's the point.

While the goal frame doesn't function to its function is supposed to complement the subject in the picture and my point is this. Often times music competes with a message and when music competes with the message you have been entertained when music enhances the message you have been edified.

I want to read one verse, and that's verse three. If you look at it is rubs her mind God's justice is a P Jesus is crushed and thus the father is pleased Christ drank God's wrath on sin then cried to his done sins wages paid propitiation one.

I cling to Christ and marvel at the cost.

Jesus forsaken God a strange from God lot by such love, my life is not my own.

My praise my own shall be for Christ alone.

Father we pray that you would take what we shared tonight and challenge all of our heart discern whether we are in any way apathetic. Surely, to some degree we are if we do not have a consistent and fervent prayer life. If we don't pray in the context of your will. If were not watchful.

We pray that you help us to realize as soldiers of Christ, that we need to do all of these pray that you take that which is been shared tonight and use it in each of our lives as you see fit. In Christ, a man

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