San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Olive Tree At Gethsemane
Sandra Pena de Ortiz
Photograph - Photography
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I was so excited to be in the beautiful Garden of Gethsemane in the outsides of the city of Jerusalem during my tour through Israel in April 2007. The garden is actually at the foot of the Mount of Olives. The sight of it left me without words; full of awe ... I was approaching, entering, seeing, and standing upon the actual site where my Lord, Jesus Christ, agonized as a man on the eve of His crucifixion. Isaiah 53:3 reveals Jesus as a man that "was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief". On the eve of Passover, the eve of His crucifixion, He came to this garden to pray to the Father as a man about to give up His own life for God's chosen ones. As John 12:24 tells us, Christ died as the grain of wheat that fell into the ground in order nor not to remain just as the Only Begotten Son, but also in resurrection to become the Firstborn among many brothers. Thus, He came to a place known as Gethsemane, which means oil press. At Gethsemane the Lord was pressed so that the oil, the Holy Spirit, could flow out from His inner being; out from His human shell. In Mathew 26:39 Jesus said: "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will." The cup referred to His crucifixion and death on the cross. Yet again, why did He come to Gethsemane to pray? Why choose this place full of olive trees as those seen in the photograph? The word Gethsemane gives us the answer. Yes, He was to die on the cross, but such death would issue in resurrection: in the flowing out of His divine life, which dwelt in Him bodily. Hallelujah!
Well, is not the view that you see in the photograph one of life, peace, and glory? Actually, there are a total of eight beautiful and outstanding olive tress planted in the garden. Three of them have have been dated to over 900 years old, the others are said to be older. The olive three with the widest and most complex trunk system in the garden is the one captured in the photograph. Some believe that at least some of the trees, perhaps that one, was present during the times of Jesus.
May 12th, 2013
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