After eating the Paschal meal with his disciples in Jerusalem (Luke 22:10),
Jesus would have set out with them to climb the Mount of Olives to go back
to Bethany where they will spend the night.
JN 18:1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and
crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was an olive grove, and
he and his disciples went into it.
MK 14:26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of
The 'garden' of Gethsemane was not actually a garden but an olive grove.
MK 14:32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his
disciples, "Sit here while I pray." 33 He took Peter, James and John along
with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 "My soul is
overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," he said to them. "Stay here
and keep watch."
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descendent of the olive trees under which Jesus prayed
These trees have an appearance of twisting on its trunk as if having
suffered from severe agony.
This is a sacred place where a momentous decision was made. Jesus has to
make a decision. Obey God the Father which may lead to humiliation, torture
and a horrific death, or walk about 10 minutes up the hill and escape into
the desert before Judas and the soldiers come for him. I believe that Jesus
is truly human, truly God. Yet, at this moment in time, Jesus God incarnate
is human having set aside his Godhood. Otherwise if he is also fully God,
then there is no decision to be made. It would have been an act rather than
a struggle. Jesus struggled until his sweats were his blood.