Friday, June 22, 2012

Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane is located at the bottom of Mount Olives, across the Kidron valley..  It is the garden that Jesus prayed with his disciples before He was arrested.  The word gethsemane means "oil press" and they believe during Jesus's time an oil press was near the garden  The Garden of Gethsemane is mentioned in Matthew and Mark, however in John, it is just referred to as the garden.  Jesus was said to have frequently gone there to pray.  Our tour guide mentioned that the garden is a popular pilgrimage site because of the significance of it being the place Jesus was betrayed and arrested before He was crucified.   When we got to the garden I was amazed that it was just what I had visualized in my head while reading about it in the Bible.  Our tour guide also mentioned that the tree's may be the same ones from when Jesus came to the garden.  The nearby church, The Church of all Nations, depicts Jesus's last hours before He was crucified and is said to be the location where Jesus prayed before he was arrested.  The verse below is an extremely powerful depiction the emotion Jesus was going through before being His crucifixion.

Luke 22:39-44: Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.[a]

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