Gethsemane – The Olive Press

Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane

Jesus had asked Peter , James and John to watch with him one hour while He prayed to His Father, knowing that  Judas was on his way to the garden with a band of armed men.  Just as olives are crushed under  extreme pressure, our Lord was  beginning to feel exceedingly sad and grieved as His soul experienced the crushing and bruising that the weight of the world’s sins would inflict.  In fact, the amplified version says in Matthew  26:38, that  He felt like He was dying of sorrow and wanted the comfort and fellowship of His closest friends. What a wonderful example for us as we face our Gethsemanes .  We are able, though the scriptures, to be “a stones throw away” from our LORD…hearing His words of submission to his  beloved Poppa’s  will.  Soon He would also suffer brutal torture, and the knowledge that His Father would have to forsake Him as He became “sin for us, who knew no sin.”  Because we all desperately  needed  redemption, Jesus willingly paid the price with His blood , and that is why there is “no other name under heaven, given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

  Green tissue paper and thinned white glue applied with a brush makes pretty leaves. Optional: Embellish with a favorite flower.  My middle school friend, Alyssa R. drew the hibiscus flowers which were  colored and then cut out and glued down.

Garden of Gethsemane – wkst

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