Jesus Prays at Gethsemane
(Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46)
36. Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
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.
40. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
43. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
44. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
This is the beginning of the suffering that Jesus would endure. Some gloss over this, some only see the surface but let us look into this together not with our intellect but with our spirit and understand the depth of His anguish these verses are telling us.
This is the first time we see the name Gethsemane and it is very significant. Gethsemane means olive press and it was where olives are crushed, this oil was used for many purposes and was used at Passover which is the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
This was the beginning of the preparation of Passover and the cleaning out of their homes of any leaven /yeast at all. Jesus is the Bread of Life which the Unleavened bread represents Jesus who knew no sin. Leaven/yeast represents sin.
Now Jesus is the root, right? The root of what? Of the OLIVE TREE! We are unnatural branches (Gentiles) in this tree but grafted in by being born again, Israel is the natural branch and was removed for unbelief but one day will be grafted back in. The Olive tree is a picture of Israel but the roots from whence they came was GOD aka JESUS CHRIST!
The process of making pure olive oil was two-fold, what I mean is not one drop was wasted. The first part was to shake the olive tree and for the ripened olives to fall to the ground. Then the ripened ones were placed into a stone grinder that had vats where the oil would leak out as an animal would walk blindly in circles literally crushing the olives.
Jesus literally went to the olive press (Gethsemathe) that night in order to be crushed with sorrow as unto death with a heaviness none of us has ever experienced. The word, heavy means pressed or crushed such a huge weight was on Him. Olive oil is used for food, light, medicine, anointing, and in sacrifices unto God. Jesus took with Him only three of the disciples to the area He was going to pray.
These are the same three that saw Him on the Mt. of Transfiguration. But what is more significant these three were there because of words they had spoken, and we will be tested by the words we speak I believe. What was their words? The sons of Zebedee wanted to be seated on either side of Jesus when He enters His Kingdom and Jesus asked them if they were able to drink from same the cup as He. They said, yes.
Peter said that He would die with Him, but the LORD told him he would deny Him three times. These three surely would be the ones that would pray with Him that night, after all, He just told them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
The disciples were weary though and tired so they fell asleep instead of praying with Him though. Jesus I believe was truly relying on them to be praying with Him because what was just ahead was not an easy thing that He was about to endure by any means.
If it was the only the beatings, scourging, mockery, and being nailed to the Cross that was ahead of Him I do not believe He would have been this sorrowful as unto death.
AGAIN I AM NOT TAKING LIGHTLY THE ABUSE AND TORTURE HE ENDURED but there was a couple of more things He had to endure that was much worse than any one of us could even imagine.
TO BE CONTINUED……