Luke 22 Lesson

Three Things Jesus Did When Faced With Adversity

JESUS FACES ADVERSITY

As the hour of Jesus’ crucifixion approaches, Jesus is experiencing turmoil from every direction. 

  • The scribes and the Pharisees are closing in on Jesus and preparing to kill Him,
  • Judas accepted a bribe to help the priests and officers capture Him,
  • Peter is about to deny Jesus three times.

The stress that Jesus was under was unimaginable.  It was so severe that He began to sweat drops of blood from a rare condition called, “Hematidrosis.”  Hematidrosis occurs when the body is under extreme physical or emotional stress.  During Hematidrosis, the capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood.

We are all going to face adversity in our lives, but for most of us, it will be nothing like what Jesus endured.  Jesus is our perfect example!  He shows us how to be obedient, even in the most difficult of circumstances. 

THREE THINGS JESUS DID DURING TIMES OF ADVERSITY

When we face adversity, we would be wise to learn from the example of Jesus.  During the toughest times of His life on earth, Jesus did three things:

  1. Jesus found a quiet place where He could be alone to prayLuke 22:41 says, “And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray,
  2. Jesus shared His concerns with God“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me.” – Luke 22:42 (a),
  3. Jesus accepted God’s will and obeyed Him.  “Yet not My will, but Yours be done.” – Luke 22:42 (b).

At this critical time for Jesus, we get to see both His human side and His deity.  During His time on earth, Jesus was both God and man, as identified by the following five scriptures:

JESUS – GOD AND MAN 

  1. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” - John 1:14,
  2. “I and the Father are one.” - John 10:30,
  3. “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” - Colossians 2:9,
  4. “Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” - Philippians 2:6-7,
  5. “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” - Hebrews 4:15.

The human side of Jesus was asking God if there was a way for Him not to have to endure the excruciating pain that awaited Him at the cross.  However, after voicing His request, Jesus went right on about the business of being obedient to His Father.  That is the example we are to follow!

EVANGELISM THROUGH OBEDIENCE

It is during the most challenging times of our lives that our obedience to God can have the most impact. 

Mathew 5:16 says:

  • “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Handling adversity with grace and obedience is a terrific way to demonstrate our faith.  The more difficult we find it to obey God, the more our obedience means.

HOW GOD ANSWERED JESUS’ PRAYER

It is important to note what happened to Jesus after he prayed.  Luke writes:

  • “Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him.” – Luke 22:43

God did not take away the adversity from Jesus’ life.  Instead, He sent an angel to help Him through it.  In the same way, God may not take away the adversity from our lives, but He will help us through it.  God uses adversity to strengthen us and to discipline us.  Consider the following two scriptures:

  1. “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines.” – Hebrews 12:6.
  2. “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5.

CONCLUSION

When we face our own trying times, it is important for us to remember the example of Jesus by following these three steps:

  1. Find a quiet place to pray,
  2. Share your concerns with God,
  3. Accept God’s answer to your prayers and obey Him, even if you do not get the answer that you wanted.  God knows what you need and will provide for you, if you put your faith in Him, and trust in His plan.

  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:8

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I took notice of how Jesus found a quiet place to pray. In today's world, we have so much "noise." 24-hour news, smartphones, etc. It makes sense to find a quiet place to clear our thoughts and fully immerse ourselves in prayer.

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