The Garden of Gethsemane
It looks like I walked the gravel path through the olive trees, doesn’t it? But, the fence around the perimeter of the Garden of Gethsemane prevents visitors from interacting with the holy site; we can merely observe the grounds and imagine…
Prior to arriving in Israel, my mind conceived images of this place more than any other site on our tour itinerary. I often wondered what I would feel walking the same soil where my Lord surrendered His will. This place and Jesus’ prayers represent victory. The battle over sin was won in the garden and was carried out on Calvary.
Daniel Kalends says it best:
Where Adam failed in the Garden of Eden, Jesus prevailed in the Garden of Gethsemane. And the key to Christ’s victory here was the secret of His whole life, embodied in those seven immortal words, “Not my will, but thine, be done.” (Live Before You Die, p.87)
My friend, take a close look at the picture and allow your imagination to create the scene of Jesus travailing in prayer… You are so loved. You are worth the sacrifice. If you believe upon the sacrifice of Jesus’ life for the cleansing of your sin, you are free. Embrace your freedom. Study your freedom and share your freedom in Christ. Give it away- give all of your life away to share the good news of Jesus’ suffering, death on the cross, and resurrection, because the surrendered life is the only life that counts.