New Testament
Lesson 25
Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will strengthen our testimonies so that we can receive forgiveness, peace, and eternal life because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Scripture references for study:  Matthew 26:3646; Mark 14:3242; Luke 22:3946
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The Garden Of Gethsemane

Elder James E. Talmage: "Jesus and the eleven apostles went forth from the house in which they had eaten, passed through the city gate, which was usually left open at night during a public festival, crossed the ravine of the Cedron, or more accurately Kidron, brook, and entered an olive orchard known as Gethsemane, on the slope of Mount Olivet." (Jesus The Christ, p566)

"Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed..." (Matthew 26:36-39)

Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "We cannot recount with surety the order in which each thing happened, nor reconstruct with certainty the sequence of Jesus' spoken words, this night in this garden in this 'other Eden, in which the Second Adam, the Lord from heaven, bore the penalty of the first, and in obeying gained life.' (Edersheim 2:534.) What has been preserved for us is only a sliver from a great tree, only a few sentences of what was said, only a brief glimpse of what transpired. It would appear that Jesus and the disciples spent some hours there in Gethsemane; that one (or many!) angels were present; and that Jesus poured out his soul in agony as he interceded for the faithful and felt the weight of the world's sins upon his own sinless soul. There is no mystery to compare with the mystery of redemption, not even the mystery of creation. Finite minds can no more comprehend how and in what manner Jesus performed his redeeming labors than they can comprehend how matter came into being, or how Gods began to be. Perhaps the very reason Peter, James, and John slept was to enable a divine providence to withhold from their ears, and seal up from their eyes, those things which only Gods can comprehend." (Mortal Messiah, 4:124)

Even as the Lord approached Gethsemane, Mark records that he "began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy" (Mark 14:33).

After a time the Lord returned and found that even his three faithful brethren were asleep. He said to Peter, "What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:40-41).

"He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done." (Matthew 26:42)

"And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him." (Mark 14:41)

Matthew tells us that he went away a third time and repeated the same words in his prayer (Matthew 26:44).

"And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." (Luke 22:43-44)

Consider the words of these modern Apostles:

Listen to some quiet, sacred music. As you listen to this music, consider the burden which the Savior took upon himself in your behalf.

We Need The Atonement Of Jesus Christ




Gospel Doctrine Notebook

No man can comprehend the agony which the Savior passed through on our behalf. There are no words in any language to adequately describe this scene and convey the depth of suffering of the Savior. He passed through a valley deeper than any known in human experience. He did it for us. He is the Infinite and Eternal sacrifice that makes immortality and eternal life possible for us. Does he ask us to pass through the same suffering? No. He simply asks that we repent of our sins and follow him. Let us show our gratitude for him by repenting, living a good life, and sharing the message of the gospel.

Record your thoughts on the events recorded in this lesson. In what ways can you show your gratitude for the Lord's suffering?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).

Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage.

The Mediation and Atonement by John Taylor.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 4, by Bruce R. McConkie.

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