Monday, February 28, 2011

On the Mount of Olives

 By Belinda

Late on Thursday afternoon, before heading for our hotel, our last stop was the Mount of Olives.

Some of the trees that cover the mount are ancient.

This is the site of the Garden of Gethsamane and also of the Church of All Nations.


The Church of All Nations, also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic church located next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus  is said to have prayed  before his arrest. 

As the sun began to sink on this day, I could hardly believe that I was really in Jerusalem and in the Garden of Gethsemane. Pastor Wayne Lucas of Alliston Pentecostal Assembly, one of the churches with several members on the trip, read to us the scripture describing Jesus' agony.

Mark 14:32-42 (New International Version, ©2010)
Gethsemane
 32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” 35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[a] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
 41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”



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