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The Weight of the Cross


32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[a] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Mark 14:32-42

Journey So Far

  • Who is Jesus to you?
  • Who are we?
  • Weight of sin
  • Worth of Christ

Opening Question

  • What are the main takeaways for you from Mark 11-12?

Discussion Questions

  • What was Jesus praying about?
  • Why did he pray multiple times?
  • Why did he make the disciples wait while he prayed himself? What does this tell us about discipleship?
  • What is the temptation in your life that is drawing you away from God?


Read Mark 13-14

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