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Join us to learn more about Jesus and the Garden of Gethsemane in this ninth stop in the virtual tour of Israel. This famous garden is where Jesus pled with his Father for strength to face the coming ordeal. So, come along for this brief visit to the Garden of Gethsemane…

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Jesus and The Garden of Gethsemane

Private times of prayer are essential at certain crucial times in our lives. They are important when no one else is burdened in the same way that you are, or when no one else gets the importance of the issue you are concerned about, or when others don’t experience the intensity of how that problem impacts your life. Others can be present for support, but in those times, no one but you can really express what you feel. Jesus experienced the need for private prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Our name of the place – Gethsemane, comes from the Hebrew Gat Shemanim – the Olive Press. The current grove of olive trees is incorporated into the grounds of the Church of All Nations, at the western foot of the Mount of Olives.  In Jesus’ time, the grove was probably larger, and was open to adjacent land often used by the public, as a sort of park.

Today, Gethsemane is surrounded by a wall, with several church buildings that are owned by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Although some of the olive trees were planted in more recent times, several of the older ones have been dated to at least 1,000 years of age in their outer parts. The inside core of these older trees are rotted away, and are probably far older—possibly even old enough to have been growing there in Jesus’ time.

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