At Night In The Garden

   I wrote "At Night in the Garden" at this time two years ago. I had been reminiscing about a trip to Israel I took as a teenager with my family. How wonderful it was to visit the many places that Christ walked. And I remembered the Garden of Gethsemane. It was full of olive trees and a lovely place. As I thought about the Garden, I wanted to read again about Christ’s experience there. As I spent time in the Word reading about that night, I was overcome by how much our precious Jesus had to endure and as the tears flowed, the words and music to this song did too. 
  
The word Gethsemane literally means oil press. This is how olives are pressed and ground up and their oil is produced. As with everything in the Bible, the fact that this night of suffering took place at Gethsemane is no accident. Oil is scripturally symbolic of the Holy Spirit. There must be a grinding, a crushing, a breaking of the olives to make oil. And before the Holy Spirit could be given, someone had to be crushed or broken. And that someone was Jesus Christ.  
  
So great was His suffering that He could have died that night in the garden. "So sorrowful a place that the blood sweat from his face." This is an actual medical event called hematohidrosis that can occur during the most extreme stress. Capillaries break and blood is mixed with sweat. Jesus knew not only that He would face the most excruciating physical pain, but even worse, He would be separated from the Father. For a moment, He asked God: Is there any other way?  In our terms that question might be: Is there any other way we can be made right with God? Join the right church? Feed the homeless? Pray the right way?  No, there is only one way. 

  


"Because of His love at Gethsemane He made His way onto Calvary, each step He made removed the weight of sin around our neck."  The only way for us is through the blood of Jesus Christ. And for Jesus, there was only one way: For Him to be the sacrificial Lamb who died for us. 
  
And because He said, Not my will Father, but Yours be done, we can call the most horrible, terrifying, cruel, unfair, dark days – Good Friday.   And God can do that in our lives. We may not understand why things are happening. They may seem so unfair, so cruel, so hurtful. But, we can know that Jesus understands. Oh how He does. He was there. He was at the feet of the Father asking for mercy, but then ultimately knowing that Thy Kingdom come,Thy will be done is what will bring the ultimate good. God can be trusted in whatever your trial is. He sees the big picture.  
  
And the big picture from that sorrowful night in the Garden, is a day of joyous praise as we celebrate Easter. "The night He spent at Gethsemane, ends in a place of great victory, when the stone was rolled away, our Lord no longer there, no longer there. He’s with us."  Yes, that’s what Easter is all about: He’s with us! Thank you Jesus!

18 comments

  • Dede Chasteen
    Dede Chasteen Kokomo, Indiana
    Gretchen, Thank you once again for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and the victory we have in Jesus. Knowing that my separation from loved one's is only temporary, and my real mansion is being prepared for me, so when I meet Jesus, my family I will see. Love your song, too! Happy Easter

    Gretchen, Thank you once again for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and the victory we have in Jesus. Knowing that my separation from loved one's is only temporary, and my real mansion is being prepared for me, so when I meet Jesus, my family I will see. Love your song, too! Happy Easter

  • Veronica Orlando
    Veronica Orlando New Castle,Pennsylvania
    Dear Gretchen this beautiful song brought me to tears. You are truly a child of God and an inspiration. I'm now fighting an illness in my legs and when I hear your lovely voice and the message of hope amid our dear Lord Jesus Christ passion and suffering it brings me hope. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy Easter.

    Dear Gretchen this beautiful song brought me to tears. You are truly a child of God and an inspiration. I'm now fighting an illness in my legs and when I hear your lovely voice and the message of hope amid our dear Lord Jesus Christ passion and suffering it brings me hope. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy Easter.

  • Mark Mason
    Mark Mason Phoenix az
    You are truely a blessing from the LORD...a prefect exsample of a kept women of GOD..amen

    You are truely a blessing from the LORD...a prefect exsample of a kept women of GOD..amen

  • Lorraine sides
    Lorraine sides Wolverine Michigan
    You are Blessed by our Lord!! And I am thankful God is Good. May he continue to use you to Bless others. Thank you. Amen!

    You are Blessed by our Lord!! And I am thankful God is Good. May he continue to use you to Bless others. Thank you. Amen!

  • Anita Rosales
    Anita Rosales San Bernardino
    Yes that's what Easter is about the song says it all, you are truly blessed.

    Yes that's what Easter is about the song says it all, you are truly blessed.

  • Carol Rain
    Carol Rain
    This was beautiful - what an inspiration - God bless you for sharing.

    This was beautiful - what an inspiration - God bless you for sharing.

  • HELEN  HUFFSTATLER
    HELEN HUFFSTATLER SOUTHAVEN MS
    Thank you I needed this tonight. God Bless you

    Thank you I needed this tonight. God Bless you

  • Elva Trevino
    Elva Trevino Harlingen Texas 78593
    Thank you Jesus for the weight of my sins

    Thank you Jesus for the weight of my sins

  • Lori McNames
    Lori McNames Bad Axe MI
    Love your insight into the Gethsemane experience of Jesus. I just watched The Passion movie a couple weeks ago or so and was moved with the sufferings of Jesus. And we think its bad when we're asked to suffer a little in our flesh to obey Him. I just feel like saying, "I'm sorry, Jesus." I'm also a singer and song writer. You can find me on YouTube under Lori McNames. Our styles are different, but I'd like your opinion on my songs. Please listen and share a comment there. The song I'm Hungry For You Lord seems to get the most views. Great song here, Gretchen! Thanks for sharing. I'm not sure how you popped up on my FB feed, but glad you did. Keep writing, keep singing, keep sharing. Beautiful!

    Love your insight into the Gethsemane experience of Jesus. I just watched The Passion movie a couple weeks ago or so and was moved with the sufferings of Jesus. And we think its bad when we're asked to suffer a little in our flesh to obey Him. I just feel like saying, "I'm sorry, Jesus." I'm also a singer and song writer. You can find me on YouTube under Lori McNames. Our styles are different, but I'd like your opinion on my songs. Please listen and share a comment there. The song I'm Hungry For You Lord seems to get the most views. Great song here, Gretchen! Thanks for sharing. I'm not sure how you popped up on my FB feed, but glad you did. Keep writing, keep singing, keep sharing. Beautiful!

  • patricia rowell
    patricia rowell roanoke tx
    Thanks it is beautiful

    Thanks it is beautiful

  • Rosetta Soti
    Rosetta Soti Decatur Michigian
    Thank you Jesus

    Thank you Jesus

  • Linda Boles
    Linda Boles Prescott Arizona
    Listening to this as I am reading as you so vividly painted the picture. Simply Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your gift with all.

    Listening to this as I am reading as you so vividly painted the picture. Simply Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your gift with all.

  • Troy lanese
    Troy lanese California
    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you. Our Lord is truly amazing ???

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you. Our Lord is truly amazing ???

  • Melissa Smith
    Melissa Smith Texas
    Touched me...how profound that He loved us this much...thank you, beautiful song.

    Touched me...how profound that He loved us this much...thank you, beautiful song.

  • Wanda lockley
    Wanda lockley Lucedale ms
    Praise god

    Praise god

  • Rita Wood
    Rita Wood Windsor MA.
    Love this song thank you! praise our Lord for all our blessings Amen

    Love this song thank you! praise our Lord for all our blessings Amen

  • Renee Henderson Cunningham
    Renee Henderson Cunningham Longview, Tx.
    Oh how so beautiful ! Your story your song and your ministry is. I have also share this story with a very dear friend in Shreveport Louisiana. She is going to write the words to the song down and share it with her son in prison. God is using you in your beautiful ministry. My friend and I have been believers for over 40 years and have known one another that long. Sheila my friend and I we're not blessed Christians in our childhood. Thank you for sharing your beautiful childhood memories in your message and song. I am a gardener and totally loved your lesson defining the oil etc. keep sharing God's word... If you can friend me on Facebook I am Renée Henderson Cunningham. John 15 :5...

    Oh how so beautiful !
    Your story your song and your ministry is.
    I have also share this story with a very dear friend in Shreveport Louisiana.
    She is going to write the words to the song down and share it with her son in prison.
    God is using you in your beautiful ministry.
    My friend and I have been believers for over 40 years and have known one another that long.
    Sheila my friend and I we're not blessed Christians in our childhood.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful childhood memories in your message and song.
    I am a gardener and totally loved your lesson defining the oil etc.
    keep sharing God's word...
    If you can friend me on Facebook
    I am
    Renée Henderson Cunningham.
    John 15 :5...

  • Gretchen Keskeys
    Gretchen Keskeys
    Your message so touched my heart Renee. Thank you and God bless you! With love in Christ, Gretchen

    Your message so touched my heart Renee. Thank you and God bless you! With love in Christ, Gretchen

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