They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James, and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” Mark 14:32-34
According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Gethsemane comes from a Greek word that means “oil press.” The garden, located at Mount Olives, is where gardeners press the olives to produce oil.
So, if we look at it, Gethsemane is significant because olives are not the only thing pressed in the area, but also our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In the garden, Jesus was so burdened with what was waiting ahead for Him. He defined his feelings as “sorrow to the point of death.”
And just like Jesus, we also have seasons where we find ourselves in the Gethsemane. We are overwhelmed with sorrow, depression, and confusion that sometimes we feel like we are being pressed from all sides.
But, the grace of God turns our Gethsemanes into victories. He will not allow that the pressing won’t produce in us oil for His glory.
Jesus’ Gethsemane became a place where His obedience was entirely captured. He put God’s will above His own by praying, “Not My will but Yours be done.”
In the same way, may it be that our Gethsemane will also become a place to glorify God even more by fixing our eyes on His goodness and promises. Even amid the confusion, we can still rejoice because “His will is being done” in our lives. Shalom!
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