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Daily Reading: 25th November 2015

John 18.1-2 cont.

1 Having said these things Jesus, with His disciples, went out beyond the Kidron brook (a winter torrent). There was a garden there, into which He and His disciples went. 

2 Now Judas, the betrayer, already knew this place, because frequently Jesus gathered together there with His disciples.

Having a garden is for some people a real delight, because growing things in a garden can be a tremendous pleasure, whether it is to produce food or to grow flowering plants and bushes, which are pleasant to the eye. Sadly there are many people who do not have the privilege of having a garden.

A garden can also be a place of rest, a place of solitude, and a place of peace.

Jesus led His disciples into a garden, which they may have thought was going to be a place where they could get some rest. This appears to have been a regular habit of Jesus, since John tells us that the garden was a place that they frequently went to with Jesus.

Jesus leads us in ways that sometimes are familiar to us, and to places that we have no difficulty in going to. He leads us in familiar ways that we find beneficial, just as King David experienced. He wrote:

[1] The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.

[2] He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.

[3] He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honour to His name – Psalm 23.1-3 (NLT).

However, Jesus was leading His disciples into the garden that would see their restful solitude replaced by dramatic events that were about to change the world.

It is generally accepted that the garden was Gethsemane, on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. This is recorded in the other gospels. Gethsemane means: oil-press. It was the place where olive oil was extracted from the olives grown in the garden.

Here was the place where Jesus was going to be pressed. It is significant that in the place where the oil flowed from the press the love of Jesus was going to be pressed out for the whole world, which would reach its’ climax on the cross, flowing out to us all.

This He did for you and me. Today give Him thanks for allowing Himself to be pressed for us.

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