1. Read the headings in Mark 14:32-52.

  2. Find Gethsemane on the map of Jerusalem.

  3. Highlight verses 36 and 38 of chapter 14.

  4. Read Mark 14:32-52.

  5. Consider the following questions.

In verse 34, Jesus tells the three disciples, "I am deeply grieved, even to death."  How do you usually respond when you are struggling with some grief? How did Jesus respond?

Jesus has spoken before about how all things are possible for the one who believes.  (See Mark 9:23 and 10:47.)  What new thought is introduced in Jesus' prayer in verse 36?

Did Jesus really hope to change the will of God? By your prayers, do you hope to change the will of God? Or, if the will of God is always done, why bother to pray at all?

How do you determine what is the will of God in your life? As you look back on your life, can you see times when God's will was clear or when you struggled with it.

Regardless of how you have or have not responded to God in the past, how has God been working to bring you to this point in your life?

In a crisis situation, how do you usually respond?

  • like the impulsive disciple with sword in hand

  • like the other disciples who fled the scene

  • like the pacifist Jesus with Scripture in hand

  • like the streaking disciple, leaving sword, Scripture, and clothes behind