Do You Know What A Gethsemane Is? (Easter Series Part 5)

gethsemaneJesus could have gone anywhere to pray in the last hours of his life. He chose to go to a place called The Garden of Gethsemane.

It is important we realize this location is filled with symbolism because of what a gethsemane is.

I don’t know if we are supposed to pick up on the parallel or not. But wouldn’t it be just like Jesus to never stop teaching, even when his darkest hour was approaching?

The Garden of Gethsemane is at the foot of the Mount of Olives. This mountainside facing Jerusalem is a mile long from top to bottom. Jesus traveled this route down the mountain during the Triumphant Entry.

Even today the mountain gives you the perfect view of the temple. I may have zoomed in a bit taking this picture, but here’s what people see when standing in the Garden of Gethsemane (sorry for the omega, I was trying to be poetic!).


In Jesus day, the Mount of Olives was full of Olive trees and probably functioned as an olive orchard. The Greek word for “Garden” found in the Gospel of John means “a cultivated piece of land”. Thus, we see its not just olive trees growing in the wild.

The Greek word for “gethsemane” comes from a similar Hebrew word meaning “an oil press”.  A gethsemane is an olive press that turned olives into olive oil.

A gethsemane would pulverize olives using a huge stone that was pressed and turned in a stone basin. The picture for today’s blog is of a gethsemane. The olives would be crushed to a pulp, and the oil would be squeezed out of the fruit.

Do you see the parallel? The Gethsemane would use a heavy weight of stone to change olives into oil by crushing them. Jesus changed our lives forever when he took on the weight of our sin and chose to be crushed for us.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Do you see the connection? Do you think Jesus went here so we could draw a parallel?

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