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The Project Goes to Israel (Part 2)

21 May Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Project Goes to Israel (Part 2)
The Project Goes to Israel (Part 2)

Editor’s Note: To learn more about the Project spending time in Israel, check out the first post in this series.

Today we’re visiting: Garden of Gethsemane

This afternoon we will take the Palm Sunday walk, traveling on foot from the Mt. of Olives to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (the traditional site of Jesus crucifixion).  During our walk we stop to spend time in a private garden within the Garden of Gethsemane. It is here in this garden where we will spend time in scripture, guide students in some spiritually forming questions, and allow students a period of time for silence, personal time in solitude, and prayer.  The garden lies to the east of the old city and between the Mt. of Olives and Jerusalem.

Biblical Perspective:

“They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.’My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ he said to them. ‘Stay here and keep watch.’

Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. ‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.'”

Mark 14:32-36

Historical Perspective:

This site has been the traditional site of the Garden of Gethsemane since 330 A.D.  The garden has many olive trees, including 8 ancient olive trees with their roots possibly dating back to the time of Christ.  According to Josephus, the Romans cut down all the trees to lay siege to Jerusalem in 70 A.D.  Interestingly enough, when you cut down an olive tree, a new one grows out of it’s roots.