Gethsemane by Jerry Vines

Gethsemane
Jerry Vines
Matthew 26: 35-56

Beginning in verse 36 - 39

By the light of a full moon, the Lord Jesus led His disciples thorough the narrow streets of Jerusalem, out the gate and down to the brook Kidron. At this time of the year, the brook Kidron was choked with water. Temple sacrifices had been made of literally thousands of lambs, and the drainage had brought the blood of those lambs down to the brook Kidron. That night as Jesus crossed the brook with His disciples, it was filled with blood from the sacrificial lambs.

Just across brook Kidron, there was a garden place known as Gethsemane. Jerusalem was a very crowded city and property was at a premium. Many of the wealthy of Jerusalem would go outside of the city on the slopes of the Mt. of Olives and have a private garden spot. This may have been a spot that was owned by the friends of the Lord Jesus. It was special garden that Jesus would go from time to time for rest and refreshment and pray.

Judas Iscariot knew quite well where it was. It was a place were Jesus and the disciples met on many occasions. Gethsemane means oil press. It is evident there was a press there and the olives were crushed and the oil would to begin flow.

And so late this night, the Lord Jesus goes into Gethsemane, the oil press, where He Himself will be crushed like an olive and the oil of salvation will begin to flow. It is significant that the night before His cross, He goes into a garden. It was in a garden the first Adam deserted his will to the ruin of the race. It is in a garden that the last Adam, the Lord Jesus, deserted His will to the redemption of the race.

Let us follow the Lord Jesus into the garden of Gethsemane...

The Bible tells us it was a garden enclosed. When I think of what took place in Gethsemane, it is indeed a closed place to me. There are mysteries which took place in Gethsemane which defy our ability to understand. We will never be able to understand, this side of Heaven, what Jesus endured that night as He went into the garden of Gethsemane.

It is such a precious place that we are almost hesitant to put human fingers on it. Our very touch seems to taint the sacred scene. It is such a beautiful scene filled with meaning that we are hesitant to use human language. Human language is unable to describe the depths of what Jesus Christ endured that night in Gethsemane's garden. Let us take our shoes off of our feet for the place we walk today is holy ground. We should walk with bowed heads and hushed hearts as we follow our Lord Jesus into Gethsemane. I - GETHSEMANE'S TRAUMA

Think of Gethsemane's trauma. We hear from time to time that many of our hospitals have trauma units. A place where people go through tremendous traumatic experiences. Gethsemane was the trauma center in the life of the Lord Jesus . It is a place indeed of speechless trauma. For instance, there is the trauma of the sorrow that Jesus endured there.

We are told that when He ...


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