The Trauma of Christ’s Cup — Luke 22:39-53

Pastor Justin Westmoreland

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
47 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

Luke 22:39-53

“The ministry and ordinances of the gospel, which Christ has given to the visible Church, are designed for the gathering of sinners into the Church invisible, and for the perfecting of the saints; and by the concurring influence of his Spirit, they are made effectual to these ends….the promise of Christ, ‘Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world’ (Matthew 28:20).’ Also secures the success of the gospel.”

–Robert Shaw, An Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith

“Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.”

–Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

“He has been in the darkness, he has known the loss of all things. He has been abandoned by his father. He has been to hell. There is no part of any tragedy that he has not known or carried. He has done this so that none of us need face a tragedy alone. He has been there before and will go with us and what he has done for us at Gethsemane and at Calvary he asks us to do as well. We are called to enter relationships centered on suffering so that we might reveal in the flesh and blood the nature of the crucified one.”

–Diane Langberg, Suffering and the heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores.

7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him

– Hebrews 5:7-9

Thankful for the resources from CCEF on Trauma that relate to the message.
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