There are many important gardens in Scripture. Of course, the Garden of Eden is where it all began, but the most significant gardens are encountered in the last few days of Jesus’ earthly life. In the Garden of Gethsemane at the base of the Mount of Olives, Jesus surrenders himself to the cross. In that same garden, he is betrayed by his close friend, whom he loves. In that same garden, he heals a soldier who comes at him with a sword. In that same garden, he is deserted by his disciples. In yet another garden near the city, he is buried in a borrowed tomb, and it is in that same garden that Jesus steps out of a tomb of death into life!
The word Gethsemane comes from a phrase meaning “place of the olive press.” It was here that olives were pressed into oil. It is here that the world and Jesus’ mission press down on him as he cries out to his God in agony. Perhaps you have been pressed down in agony, crying out to your God. If so, Jesus won’t desert you.