Yesterday, I shared my visit to the Holy Land with you. I gave you my view of the "Garden Tomb" and today I want to take you to the "Garden of Gethsemane."
The Garden is located on the Mount of Olives and has beautiful olive trees throughout the whole area. These trees are more than 2,000 years old and still standing. It gave me an unusual feeling to know that I was walking where Jesus had walked so many years ago.
Then on one side of the Garden is a church called "The Church of All Nations." It is given that name because all nations support the upkeep of the church. Inside the church is THE ROCK where Jesus bowed and prayed saying, "Father, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not my will but thine be done." The rock is encircled with a short decorative iron fence so no one can touch the rock or sit on it. You look, but you can't touch. The church is also known as the Basilica of the Agony. It was completed in 1924 and is the third structure on this site.
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke tell that Jesus and his disciples went to the Mount of Olives after the Last Supper. Jesus left eight of his disciples together in one place and went further into the Garden with Peter, James & John. he asked them to stay awake while he prayed. Guess what! They went to sleep.
They were awaken just as Judas and the soldiers were coming into the Garden to betray Jesus. This is where Judas kissed Jesus to identify who he really was. You know the rest of the story.