October 26, 2014
Matthew 22:34-46
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

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The Unwanted Cup

from the book
An Idle Tale Becomes Good News
Messages On Lent And Easter Themes

Herchel H. Sheets

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On the western slopes of the Mount of Olives, just outside Jerusalem, may be seen the lovely Basilica of Gethsemane. It is built mainly of pink limestone and has a beautiful Byzantine style fa ade and twelve domes. Each dome is the gift of a particular country, and so the church is also called the Church of All Nations. The floor inside is paved with mosaics, and when one looks up at the twelve cupolas, one sees mosaics there, too. But one's attention is inevitably drawn toward the altar and a large rock before the altar that is enclosed by railing. This is the "Rock of Agony," so named because of the agony Jesus experienced there on the night before his crucifixion.

It was a few sleepy disciples who witnessed this agony. The whole group had retired to this place after their meal together. No doubt they had come here to sleep, but on this night something besides sleep was on...

This sermon, The Unwanted Cup, is based on Matthew 26:36-46. This sermon relating to Matthew 26:36-46 is excerpted from the book 'An Idle Tale Becomes Good News '. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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