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Series: "Farther Along"
The theme for this series comes from that blessed old hymn, "Farther
along". The words of the chorus are:
Farther along, we'll know all about
we'll understand why
Cheer up, my
brother, live in the sunshine,
understand it, all by and by
The theme for
this series also comes the the passage of the first message:
Mathew 26: 39
"and he went a little further".
It is hopeful
that in going a little further, that farther along we will understand the
"why's" of his ministry. Hopefully
it will change the scene of our viewing from one of a spectator to one of a
Message # 1 "Farther along, We'll
understand His Walk"
Matthew 26: 36-46
walk to the Garden of Gethsemane is not unknown territory to the saint of
God. We are very familiar with the
prayer that Jesus prayed here. As
this prayer is in actuality the true "Lord's Prayer".
However, even though this passage is very familiar to us, there are a
few words contained in this passage that we often miss the meaning of.
Those words in
verse 39 "and he went a little further",
golden nugget of
His walk to Gethsemane. This garden
experience of Christ was not the first garden experience, nor would it be
His last. There is a beautiful
underlying precept throughout God's
Word concerning garden experiences and all three garden experiences should
have a great impact on the saint.
The Garden of Creation (Eden)
where the substance of man was created in the image of God.
Sad to say, this also was where that substance was
marred by sin.
The Garden of Confirmation (Gethsemane)
confirmed the security of all those of whom the Father
had given Him, but the greater confirmation was that of submitting to
the will of His father.
The Garden of Cancellation (Tomb - Jn 19:41)
While the keyword of the first
garden(Eden) was sin, and of the second garden(Gethsemane) was submission,
then the theme of the third garden (tomb) is sacrifice.
It was in this third garden that our Lord cancelled the sting of
death, hell and the grave.