Monday, October 11, 2010

The garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane is a very important place for the Christian belief.  It is here that Jesus spent His last night before He was arrested.  In Gethsemane there are huge olive trees which might suggest that it may very well be the same trees that were there, over 2 thousand years ago.

The word "Gethsemane" originates from  the Hebrew expression Gat Shemen, which means "olive press" (The Land of Jesus, Bonechi & Steimatzky, 81, 2007).  It is significant then that Jesus spent His last few hours here, since He was pressed from every side and His "soul was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death" (Matthew 26:38).

When you stand in the midst of this Garden, you will definately be reminded of the intensity of what Jesus had to go through, for our sakes.  Amidst the beauty of the age old olive trees, lies the sorrow of what Christ had to bear.

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