In Matt. 26:30, when the Seder supper was done, the disciples, led by Jesus, sang a song, a hymn (Psalm 118), as they depart to the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. All Passover meals ended with a song and as Jesus headed to the Garden He and the disciples were singing this Psalm. Notice vs. 13-14, “I was pushed hard so that I was falling but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song, He has become my salvation.” But the ending verses 27-29, are the key to life when being crushed, “You are my God and I will give thanks to you, you are my God, I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good for his steadfast love endures forever.” But vs. 27, tells us what was going to happen in this garden with the words, “God is Lord, which has showed His light to us, bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.” Translating, nails for cords and the cross for altar, you see the crucifixion taking place. Jesus was going to personally embrace, in the Garden, what the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 118.
The Garden of Gethsemane, is a garden all of us have to go through, if we’re ever going to experience Gods true love and resurrection life. It’s the place where a surrendering of will’s take’s place. It’s here that the, “If it is possible”, will be challenged as we make decisions to yield or resist Gods plan and purpose for our lives. Jesus, like all of us, had to make these decisions. First, a little history of the garden. This garden had a stone in the middle of it that was used as an old olive press. In fact, the word Gethsemane literally means, “olive press.” It was used to crush olives so the oil inside could be collected and used. For this oil to be released it had to have a rock roll over it, crushing the olive. Crushed is an interesting word, it literally means to deform, pulverize or force inwards. I’ve realized, only when force is applied inward, that something new comes forward. It’s the crushing of the old in our lives, that will release the oil of new from our lives. Oil, that’s linked to our healing, our joy and the out pouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives. So when it says that Jesus began in vs. 36-39, to be sorrowful and deeply distressed, as He said “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful even to death,” we now know why. He was about to be crushed. First, the crushing of His will, (not my will, but thine be done), and than the crushing of His life. The suffering Jesus was about to experience started in this garden.
The cup that Jesus said, “If it is possible let it pass from me”, and was about to drink, was a cup of revelation. He was going to take on all the sin’s of the world. But the agony, He felt was not only from the sin of the world but that His Father couldn’t look at sin and would have to turn His back on His son as He dies on the cross.
Question: Have you ever been to a Garden of Gethsemane, where you had a rock roll over you crushing you as you’re wondering, how do I get out of this or get through it? Asking yourself, what good can come out of this?
Key Thought: When we are crushed by the circumstances of life in our gardens, let’s look at what Jesus did. He went into the garden of crushing, singing Psalm 118 over His life. This was His, and can be your testimony, as you overcome, by agreeing with Gods word over your life and by yielding to the crushing. It’s God’s plan to release His oil of healing, joy and the Holy Spirit over your life. This is true resurrection of your life.