Thursday, April 9, 2009

Watching and Waiting in the Garden of Gethsemane

"Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane ..." (Matthew 26:36).


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" ... he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered" (John 18:1).



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Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane



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A 2,000-year-old olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane



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The Church of All Nations (aka the Basilica of the Agony) located on the Mount of Olives next to the Garden of Gethsemane



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Inside the Church of All Nations



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The bedrock inside the Church of All Nations on which tradition says that Jesus prayed before his arrest: "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want" (Matthew 26:39). In Luke's account we are told: "In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground" (Luke 22:44).



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