The contrast of Jesus’ disposition in Mark 14 and the rest of Mark’s Gospel is jarring. Up to this point, Jesus has shown a remarkable sense of controlled confidence. In fact, His calm dignity stirred up awe and amazement among those He encountered. Even when predicting His own death, there wasn’t the slightest hint of dread or trepidation.
In the garden of Gethsemane, however, we get another perspective. The mighty Messiah now pleaded with the Father to be spared, if possible, from the cup of His wrath. Jesus was so gripped by the horror of this looming suffering that its weight dropped Him to His knees.
In His humanity, Jesus needed to express His heart to the Father, He needed to make His request known to God. This remarkable display of humility from Jesus, God’s Son, reveals the great suffering the Messiah went through to save sinners like you and me.
Tips for Teaching This Week’s Session of The Gospel Project for Adults
Every week, Aaron Armstrong and other adult ministry leaders offer guidance to help leaders prepare to lead and teach each session of The Gospel Project for Adults.
Tips for Teaching This Week’s Session of The Gospel Project for Students
Every week, student ministry leaders offer guidance to help leaders prepare to lead and teach each session of The Gospel Project for Students. Listen in as he shares:
- The main point of the session
- Any challenges and opportunities for additional discussion that may arise during this session
- Encouragements for leaders
A Final Reminder
Don’t forget, you can find tools to help you prepare and lead the discussion in the Additional Resources for this volume. We hope these are a blessing to you as you walk through this session together.
*This week’s leader devotional is written by Chris Poblete. It is adapted from the daily devotions for Unit 26, Session 4 from The Gospel Project for Adults’ Daily Discipleship Guide.