The Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of the ‘Olive Press’

Garden of Gethsemane  By the Editor   Here in Gethsemane, the blood, sweat, and tears freely flow; here Jesus is praying in the greatest of agony.  The name Gethsemane has a   meaningful definition…it means “olive press.” In this beautiful little garden, as the name implies, the spiritual ‘wine press’ of God squeezes the life blood from Jesus as he is face down to the ground, His sweat, as great drops of blood, began to ooze out of Him and onto the ground, staining his clothes.   His life forces are escaping through his veins as his prayers are the most earnest ever prayed, The Sinless One was ‘a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.’ Surely in this garden the New Testament has its beginning as the first blood of Jesus is shed before any soldier puts a whip to Him.  God sent one Man into this old sin cursed world…One Man without sin, but none without sorrow.

    Neath The Old Olive Trees (1934)

             By Baylus Benjamin McKinney

‘Neath the stars of the night
Walked the Savior of light,
In the garden of dew-ladened breeze;
Where no light could be found,
Jesus knelt on the ground,
There He prayed ‘neath the old olive trees.

 ‘Neath the old olive trees,
‘Neath the old olive trees,
Went the Savior alone on His knees:
“Not My will, Thine be done,”
Cried the Father’s own Son,
As He knelt ‘neath the old olive trees.

 All the sin of the world
On the Savior was hurled,
As He knelt in the garden alone;
Hear His soul-burdened plea,
Let this cup pass from Me,
“Even so, not My will, Thine be done.”

 May my song ever be
Of the love proffered me,
By my Lord all alone on His knees:
Praise His wonderful name,
He who bore all my blame,

As He knelt ‘neath the old olive trees.

Dear reader you have here the account of Jesus in the Garden praying in agony to His Father.  He asked that He might be excused from drinking this ‘Cup of Sin.’  He who knew no sin was now to become sin so that we might become righteousness of Christ.  There was no escaping …there was no other way…Jesus had to become sin…our sin and so He did.  What Jesus dreaded most in this ordeal was His Father would turn His back on His Son.  It was not death…but the separation of God, His Father, from Him.  Satan and his legion of wicked angels could not kill Jesus in that garden…nor could 10,000 Roman soldiers snuff out His life…Jesus would have to willingly lay down His life for the sins of the world.  And this He did.  You are reading this…how do you stand before God”  Are you saved and on your wat to Heaven?  Are you lost and on your way to Hell?  Now is the time for you, the individual, to honestly face the matter.  If you are saved…you should rejoice.  If you are lost…you should at once cry out to God and accept the death of Jesus on the cross…where He took your place…bore your sins….died your death…Want you trust Him right now?  God help you to make that crucial decision right now.  I hope you will write us and let us rejoice with you. 

Author: Editor

An ordained Baptist minister. Worked for 10 years with a Christian publishing ministry where I was the circulation manager for a growing publication, The Sword of the Lord. I also did most of direct mail fundraising and promotion. I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama & Arkansas. I served for some four years as Vice President of The Spoken Word of God ministry, Orlando, FL. This ministry was active in church planting in India and broadcasting the Scriptures via Trans World Radio and other radio outlets. My associate in this ministry later invited me to join him and his dad in starting a business working with churches providing multimedia equipment. I have done this work for the last 16 years. This blog, hopefully, will scratch an itch I have for communicating the Word of God to a broader audience via the Internet. I would be honored to hear from you via email.

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