The Garden of Gethsemane in The Bible

May 8, 2022 0 comments

No bible study or Christian teaching will be complete during Easter without the mention of the Garden of Gethsemane. That was where Jesus began His journey to the cross.

The Garden of Gethsemane in The Bible

 The Bible recorded that Jesus always goes there with the disciples to pray. It was a different situation on the eve of his arrest and crucifixion.

 On that day, Jesus went with Peter, James, and John. They were the three disciples closest to Him. Jesus knew His time has come, hence needed to seek the face of God in prayers, and didn't need much crowd for that.

 He left the disciples at a location in the garden and went further to seek a quiet place where He can be alone with God, to pray. He instructed the disciples to pray along with Him though.

Unfortunately, the disciples could not pray. Their eyes were heavy with sleep. Jesus came back to meet them sleeping and resting, and He was disappointed.

Jesus had to pray alone until He secured the victory that He sought. When Judas brought the Jewish leaders to arrest him, He was ready for them.

 Lessons from The Garden of Gethsemane

 There are notable lessons God wants us to learn concerning what Jesus did in the garden called Gethsemane.

 That Jesus prayed throughout His stay in the garden shows to us the importance of prayer. He even told His disciple to join Him, but they fell asleep.

 It is also noteworthy to say that when Jesus was to start His ministry, He began with 40 days of fasting.

Jesus prayed with sorrow and a heavy heart. He was not afraid of death, but He detested the real duty He was about to perform. That is, putting the sin of humanity upon Himself.

 Jesus had lived all His life without sin. Though He is God, He was a total man when He was on earth. He was tempted but He never sinned. He gave one of His secrets to the disciples in the garden as they were struggling with sleep.

 He told them; "watch and pray, so that you will not fall into temptation." For such a personality, to bear the sins of the whole world is a big task.

 Jesus surrendered to the will of God. We can see this in the words of His prayers. He prayed, "not My will, but Thine be done." Luke 22:42. What a life of total dedication and selflessness?

 This is what God also wants us to do in our moments of trials, challenges, and difficulties. He wants us to rely on Him completely. God is aware of whatever we are passing through, and He is fully in control.

 When we allow Him to have His way, He will bring to pass His plans which are always beyond our comprehension.

 Because Joseph allowed God's will in his life, and he did not take advantage of Potiphar's wife, nor seek to help himself in any way, he became the governor of Egypt.

 For Jesus Christ, God sent an angel to strengthen Him so that He will not become weak. God will always be on the side of those who are striving to do His will. He will not abandon them in their times of difficulty.

 The Bible says, "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." 2 Chronicles 16:9. We will always win our battles if we allow God to have His way.

 Why Is the Garden of Gethsemane Important?

Why Is the Garden of Gethsemane Important

 Gethsemane is located across Kidron valley on the Mount of Olives. The name has been translated to mean oil press, probably because of the many olive trees that are planted there, and also the presence of an oil press.

 It is not the name nor the location of this garden that makes it popular and important, but what Jesus experienced there. There 'the son of man' became a man of sorrow. He was sorrowful to the point of death. There the hands of sinners prevailed over Him because the scriptures must be fulfilled.

 How Many Times Did Jesus Pray in The Garden of Gethsemane?

 As recorded in Matthew 26:36, and Mark 14:32 Jesus came specifically to the garden to pray, and He prayed three times before He secured the victory that He needed.

 He prayed the same prayer throughout, Matthew 15:39 - Father if it were possible let this cup pass over me.  Jesus used that to show us that whenever we need anything from God we should tarry in prayer until our requests are met.

 Many times we don't get an answer to our prayers because we did not tarry long enough. In Daniel 9:1-27, Daniel fasted and prayed for 21 days before getting answers to his prayers.

God answered him the first day he started the prayer, but the Prince of Persia held back the angel that was bringing it, and he could not reach Daniel.

 The continual prayer of Daniel made God send a stronger angel who fought off the demon and make way for the first angel to take the answer down to Daniel.

 Elijah was a man of like passion like us. With prayers, he sealed the heavens for three and half years, and there was no rain. With prayers, he opened the heavens again, and rain fell.

 Quite a big lesson for us to learn from the prayer life of Jesus, Daniel, Elijah, and other people who conquer their enemies on their knees. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16.

 Garden of Gethsemane Bible Verses

 Interestingly, all the four gospels in the Bible give the account of Jesus's prayers and arrest, in the garden of Gethsemane. The passages are; Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 14:32-50, Like 22:39-53, John 18:1-12.

 All of them recorded the same thing; that Jesus came to the garden with three of His disciples. He prayed three times while the disciples were sleeping. John in his record added that God sent an angel to strengthen Him.

 Eventually, Jesus woke the disciples up and told them that those who would arrest Him are close by. As He was speaking, Judas came with the Jewish religious leaders and soldiers, and he betrayed Him with a kiss.

Jesus was taken without a struggle, He rebuked his disciples who tried to fight back, and told them that the scriptures must be fulfilled. Eventually, all His disciples forsook Him and ran.

He was cruelly beaten and humiliated, but He despised the shame, endured the cross, died, and rose on the third day.

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