Jesus and Temptation in the Garden of Olives

Jesus executed a “Call for Fire” when facing death. “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place he said to them, ‘”Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’ He withdrew about a stones throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’ An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22:39-44).  The humanity of Jesus emerges when we consider his practice of prayer. He often goes off alone to pray. Here, as he speaks to his disciples before he leaves them, he links prayer to defeating temptation, telling them to pray so that they will not fall into temptation as he withdraws to pray himself. We learn through prayer and study of God’s word that what we want is not always what God wants. Jesus’ prays fervently; the physical effects described by Luke demontrate his emotional involvement. All concede that Jesus could be tempted; this prayer proves how deeply the temptation could strike. He prays to overcome. He enlists friends to pray with him. Jesus knows that when what he fears occurs, it may overwhelm his disciples. He urges them, too, to pray so that they will not fall into temptation.  At this moment of greatest danger, threatened by temptation, Jesus “calls for fire,” and God provides angelic support. So we have here a messianic strategy for defeating spiritual weakness – Call for Fire! When soldiers face overwhelming odds against them, they grab a communications device and call for fire to suppress the enemy attack. When Satan attacked, Jesus prayed. Will we?
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About Michael Summers

Michael Waymon Summers has preached in twenty-seven of the United States as well as seven other countries. He currently preaches for a Church of Christ in Leavenworth, Kansas. Michael earned a Master of Theology degree. He also has done graduate work in international studies. Michael runs more than twenty miles most weeks, loves to sing, and reads voraciously.
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One Response to Jesus and Temptation in the Garden of Olives

  1. Reblogged this on Call for Fire Seminar and commented:

    Happy birthday for Call for Fire Seminar! This blog is now over one year old. I began with no knowledge of how to use tags or other ways to increase readership. Consequently some of the earliest posts were not ready by many people. I published this post one year ago today about Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane just before his arrest. I pray that you will find this anniversary post helpful in your spiritual walk.

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