Cindy Grasso

The Crushed

Gethsemane is the place of the crushing. It is the garden at the bottom of the Mount of Olives where the locals came to extract the oil by crushing the olives. With the scent of olive oil heavy in the air, Jesus came before God with a soul overwhelmed by sorrow. Jesus held back nothing, He was brutally honest. His heart heavy with distress and heartache. He cried out to His Father until the crimson drops of blood appeared on His forehead.

The place of honesty and truth.

The place to plead for courage to stay alive until all was finished.

The ground to pour the bitter taste of fear and dread on.

My friend, you don’t have to “hold back” your sorrow and fear from God. In fact, He is the only One who is able to fully receive it. God’s love, embodied in Jesus, didn’t turn away from pain but entered into it, faced it, bore it and surrendered fully to it for you and for me.

“Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane…” Matthew 26:36

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