“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” (Matt. 26:38)

The name Gethsemane means “Olive Press” and perhaps was so named because an olive press was located here. Oils were forced out by applying much pressure. It was symbolically an appropriate place for Jesus to pray, because of the pressure He experienced as He suffered under the weight of His decision to die for my sins and your sins and all the sins of all the world of all times.

Olive Press in Garden of Gethsemane

And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. (Luke 22:44)

Today, a church has been built over the place where He prayed. It’s called the Church of All Nations because 16 countries helped build it. It’s also known as the Church of Gethsemane and the Church of Agony.

Exterior of Church of All Nations in Gethsemane

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