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Gethsemane, The Mount of Olives

 

39 And he cameout, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 

40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.

41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 

44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,

46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

The Mount of Olives is a mile-long ridge that rises above the east side of Jerusalem. In Jesus’s time it included a garden where, under cover of night, He and His disciples came to pray after the Last Supper. His exhausted disciples quickly fell asleep, but there would be no rest for Jesus Christ. It was there that He kneeled down and did what only He could do. In Gethsemane, the Son of God prayed in anguish as He suffered for the sins of all mankind.

The Invitation

Feel Jesus Christ's love for you

It’s hard to imagine someone suffering such pain on our behalf. But Jesus Christ did it because to Him you are worth it. You are a child of God with tremendous value. Take some time today to write down your good qualities and remind yourself of your potential to be the best version of yourself you can be.

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Questions to Ponder

How does it make you feel to think of God as your Heavenly Father?

What would your friends and family say if they were asked about their favorite quality of yours?

What qualities of Jesus Christ would you most like to emulate?

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