Jesus in Gethsemane, Is There No Other Way?

If God is the great and all-powerful God of the universe then why did He make His only Son suffer and die? That wasn't very nice! Couldn't there have been an easier and better way to save us?

Matthew 26:36-46,1:27
Hebrews 4:15-16,2:17,1:3,10:4
Romans 8:7,1:18,3:24-26
1 Timothy 2:5-6
Acts 4:12
Isaiah 64:6
Colossians 2:23
1 John 4:10
John 13:31-32,6:40

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:

  • Describe Jesus' circumstances in the text.

  • Explain why He would ask, Is there no other way?

  • The Father said no to the Son for several reasons. What is the Bible's teaching in Hebrews 2:14-18,4:14-16 about why the Father said no?

  • In His garden brokenness, what does Jesus reveal to us about the Father?

  • What parties were at war in the garden of Gethsemane?

  • Who brought an end to the war, and how did He accomplish it?

  • Why couldn't we drink the cup of God's wrath for ourselves?

  • Why could only Jesus drink it, and what did His drinking it accomplish?

  • What was the cosmic contradiction that needed to be set right?

  • How did God set it right?

  • What is the ultimate reason the Father said no?