by Jerry Vines

The Mystery of Gethsemane
Jerry Vines
Mark 14:32-42

We come this morning to one of the most sacred scenes in all of the Bible. We come to the place which is called Gethsemane. Gethsemane was located just outside Jerusalem, across from a little brook named Kidron. At this particular time of the year the brook Kidron was a very full stream. There was a channel that was used to flow all of the excess and all of the things that had been offered at the temple down to the brook Kidron. So all of the blood of the sacrificial animals was poured into that channel and it came down into the brook Kidron. This night, when Jesus and His disciples cross over that stream was blood-red. Do you think the Lord Jesus, as He looked at that blood-red stream, realized that in just a few hours His blood would be pouring from His body as He gave himself as a sacrifice for our sins. Whatever that may be, the Lord Jesus crosses over that stream and comes into a garden which is known as Gethsemane. Gethsemane means oil press. It must have been a place with a wall, with olive trees and in the center an olive press. It was here that the olives would be crushed so the oil might be given.

So, the Lord Jesus Christ, the great Son of God, the Savior of the world would soon be crushed like an olive in a press. The oil of salvation would begin to flow. There is probably no more sacred scene than is this place of Gethsemane. We get the first glimpse here of just how much Jesus suffered in order to be our Savior. We are, this morning, indeed on holy ground. It is midnight and on olive's brow, the star is dim that lately shone. Tis midnight in the garden now, the suffering Savior prays alone. There are many lessons which we can learn from this garden of Gethesame experience. We learn the essence of prayer and what it means when you really pray. We learn what the summit of all prayer is in this garden of Gethsemane. We learn lessons here on suffering. We learn many lessons which are crucial i ...

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