John 12:20-33; Matthew 26:36-46
Psalm 69:1–3 (NKJV)
1Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.
2I sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me.
3I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God.
I. Did our Lord Jesus pray for deliverance from death?
Luke 12:50 (NKJV)
50But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!
John 12:27–28 (NKJV)
27“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.
28Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
II. How did God answer Jesus’ prayer?
Hebrews 5:7–8 (NKJV)
7who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,
8though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
Acts 2:23–24 (NKJV)
23Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;
24whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
Acts 2:30 (NKJV)
30Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
Westminster Shorter Catechism Q. 37. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death?
A. The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass into glory; and their bodies, being still united to Christ, do rest in their gravest till the resurrection.