The Garden of Gethsemane Day 9

 

Today we visited the Garden of Gethsemane.

Garden of Gethsemane

Beautiful setting, and yet the place our Savior experienced incredible anguish. I didn’t realize that the word “Gethsemane” literally means olive press. (In fact, an olive press was found on this site). Why would that be significant? A few days ago in Capernaum, we saw an actual olive press.

Olive Press As you can see, the olive press is a very large stone which is placed upon the olives so that they are crushed under the weight…and oil flows out.

Our Savior voluntarily gave up His life for us. Isaiah would describe it this way: “He was… crushed for our iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:5) Interesting choice of words. Crushed.  Jesus bore the weight of the world’s sin upon Himself. He experienced the absolute horror of His Father turning His face away in wrath—all for us. The result of His crushing was that “oil” flowed out—the oil of healing, forgiveness and life. What an amazing God we have. “Though He was rich, He became poor for our sakes, so that we through His poverty might become rich… Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”  2 Corinthians 8:9, 9:15