Garden of Gethsemane
‘ He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” ‘
— Luke 22:41-42
Gethsemane means “oil press.” The Garden of Gethsemane is mentioned in Matthew 26:36: Then Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’
Mark 14:32 says it like this:
They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’
In Aramaic, Gethsemane is a place or enclosed piece of ground to which Jesus and His disciples retired.
In John 18:1, this place is described as a garden (kepos, in Greek):
When He had finished praying, Jesus left with His disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and He and His disciples went into it.
The fact that Jesus spent the final hours before His arrest in a garden is significant in many ways.
First, the fall of man occurred in a garden (Garden of Eden – Genesis 2-3) — so Jesus, who is the second Adam, also entered into a garden as He prepared to give His life to atone for the sin of the first man and woman.
Second, one of the primary titles ascribed to Jesus is “Christ.” Christ is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word Mashiach (Messiah), which means “the Anointed One.”
Why is this so significant? In ancient Israel, kings were anointed with olive oil as a sign of being chosen and empowered by God to rule.
The term Messiah in Judaism came to refer to the promised Messianic King and Redeemer who would be anointed with olive oil and, more importantly, by the Spirit of the Lord to establish the kingdom of God.
According to Isaiah, it is out of an olive stump that “a shoot will come forth out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch will bear fruit out of His roots,” and “the Ruach of Adonai [Spirit of the Lord] will rest upon Him” as the anointed Messiah from the line of David(Isaiah 11:1–2 TLV).
It’s amazing to think that Jesus spent one of the most important moments of His life in an olive garden, which is the very type of tree that was most symbolic of His role as Messiah (Jeremiah 33:15; Zechariah 3:8; Zechariah 6:12).
Is the life of Jesus Christ not awesomely inspiring and transforming!
Dear Lord Jesus Christ! Thank you again and again for redeeming mankind from the curse of sin. I pray that the revelation of your sacrifice for mankind and redemption from sin will shine through this season. I pray that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of Christ as the waters cover the sea. May my life draw many into the saving grace of Jesus Christ today and always.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen