Mission Accomplished Message Series

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
THE LAST WEEK OF JESUS

Part 4 – Tested In The Fire
Luke 22:14-20;39-48

March 17, 2024
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

1. DON’T RUN AWAY FROM YOUR TRIALS.

A. Luke 22:39  Coming out, (of the Upper Room) Jesus went to the Mount of Olives as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.

D. The word, “Gethsemane” just means, the “oil press.” There were olive trees everywhere. It was the Mount of Olives. There was an olive press to process the olives. An olive press (Show picture 4 – Oil Press)

B. Matthew 26:38  My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death: stay here, and watch with Me.

C. 1 Peter 2:24  Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree…

1 Peter 2:24 …by His stripes you are healed.

D. Jesus’ courage shows us that when we are going to stand for God; when we have pain and hurt ahead, facing it head on, fully trusting God, is the “Jesus way” to deal with it.

2. FACE YOUR TRIALS BY LAYING EVERYTHING AT YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER’S FEET.

A. Luke 22:41-42  Jesus went about a stone’s throw away from His disciples, He knelt down and prayed, “Father if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me…”

B. When you are in pain and wounded, go back to the quiet place where you can hear the voice of God again.

C. Luke 22:42  nevertheless, not my will but Your will be done.

D. When people come against you, realize they can’t stop you.

E. 1 Peter 4:12  Don’t think it’s strange when you face fiery trials.

3. VICTORY OVER TRIALS REQUIRES KEEPYING YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE TO COME.

A. Hebrews 12:1-3  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.  3Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.

B. These hot winds of testing are only making you stronger. You’re developing courage, strength, and fortitude. Those hot winds are helping you become the champion you were created to be.