Gethsemane

Over the month, in my blog post, I’d be looking broadly at the 3 Gs that punctuated the final days of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Today we look at Gethsemane. In a nutshell, it’s the Greek word that means Oil Press. Now that is packed with tremendous meaning for us. For in Gethsemane, we remember the time of prayer of our Lord concerning the cup of the Cross. We are humbled when we think of a night that was one of the more defining nights in the history of mankind, and yet Man was too tired, too heavy-eyed and heavy-hearted to contribute even one word of prayer to the supplication that will birth his deliverance.

Matthew 26:39
[39]And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

It was a night like no other, for our Lord prayed in such agony, that even his sweat took upon the dimension of blood. It was a place where the will of God was once again going to prevail even if it meant, the forsaking of the only begotten so that he would become the first-begotten.

Gethsemane, that day, became the crucible, the secret place from which the deliverance of mankind would spring forth.

It was the place wherein the Son died to the will of the Father. It’s the place wherein we also cry out: Not as I will, but as you will. And we stand up, never looking back, for truly it is a place of total surrender.

Gethsemane the Oil Press, where the outer coat is set aside, and the splendor, the anointing, the radiance, and power of God’s will finds expression.

It’s the place where we die to our wills. It’s the Oil Press.

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