When we think about Christ's fervent prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, not often do we pause to consider the deeper meaning and symbolism of the Mount of Olives and the actual events that took place there with our Lord.
In preface, there is a two-part meaning to Gethsemane that brings insight on the location itself as being a symbol of separation and division.
First, the word "Gethsemane" means [Olive] "oil-press place." So, just as the oil is separated from the olive with enormous pressure, so did Christ withdraw and separate himself, along with Peter, James and John from the other disciples. And in that separation, Jesus was in deep spiritual agony with great pressure and unimaginable sorrow over His expected crucifixion. (Luke 22:39-44). In retrospect, the disciples must have been exhausted with sorrow as well, as scripture explains them falling asleep in (Matthew 26:40-41). Their sleep separating them from the prayerful watch and supplication that Jesus requested of them.
Second, was the division of Judas' kiss of betrayal. It is interesting that a kiss is a sign of love, and what is betrayal but the turning against the one who nourished and loved you. The ultimate division both physically and spiritually.
Another act of division came again, after the Roman guards arrested Christ, (verse 56) "Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled."
The emotion expressed in Kyle Wayne's, Gethsemane beckons a deeper reflection of Christ's ultimate sacrifice for us.
In reflection of the Atoning sacrifice of our Savior, my thoughts are drawn to His final hours before taken into custody by Roman soldiers. Christ’s preparation was first and foremost a spiritual, mental and emotional sacrifice.
As Luke 22:41-43 explains, “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.”
Christ needed divine strength from a Heavenly source to endure what was to come.
Christ’s Atonement through His exemplary life, suffering, and death made way our unity and reconciliation to God the Father.
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