Good Friday

Good Friday

Did you know …   Most schools close for Good Friday, which comes the same weekend as Easter Sunday for a great reason. Good Friday is the day Jesus, God’s Son, died on a cross. He rose from the dead three days later on Easter Sunday. Lord’s Supper Jesus ate his last supper Thursday evening. All twelve of the disciples ate this special meal with Him, including Peter, James, and John. Judas Iscariot was also there but left early to betray Jesus.   Garden of Gethsemane Jesus took Peter, James, and John to pray at the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas betrayed Jesus there and soldiers arrested Him. Pilate does not think Jesus is guilty After the chief priests and elders decided Jesus deserved to die for claiming to be God’s Son, they took...

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The Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane

Israelites used olive oil for cooking, in lamps, and for anointing kings. Jesus, the King of Kings, might have thought of this when entering the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. Leaving the other disciples near the entrance of the garden, Jesus asked Peter, James and John to come in with Him. Filled with sorrow, Jesus fell facedown and poured out His heart to God. He didn’t want to face the trials, the angry crowds, the beatings, and the cross. Yet He prayed for God’s will. Jesus was born to die for us. After praying, Jesus found Peter, James, and John sleeping. After praying a second time, His three closest friends were sleeping again! Have you ever been so sleepy that you couldn’t keep your eyes open? Maybe the disciples felt this way. After praying once...

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Jesus Prays in a Peaceful Garden

Jesus Prays in a Peaceful Garden

A long time ago, olive oil was prepared by crushing olives in a large wooden or stone bowl called a mortar. Oil presses were also used. “Gethsemane” comes from the Hebrew for “oil press”. The Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went to pray before He went to the cross, may have held an oil press. Numerous olive trees grew on the Mount of Olives, which is the hillside where the garden was located, outside of Jerusalem. From the Mount of Olives, Jesus had a great view of Jerusalem and the Temple to the west. Bethlehem was to the south. The Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley were on the east. Bethany was located on the Mount of Olives where Jesus often visited Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. Luke 21 tells about the final week before Jesus’ death on a...

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Olive Trees Live a Long Time

Olive Trees Live a Long Time

Did you know that seven olive trees in Israel have lived over 3,000 years old? Imagine all the changes those trees witnessed in those years! Olive trees, a type of evergreen, can grow over forty feet. That’s taller than a four-story building! The branches can spread twenty feet from the trunk, or forty feet from one side to the other so the tree can be as wide as it is tall. The trunks have a unique gnarled (twisted) pattern. When the tree is young, the bark is green. As the tree ages, the bark turns gray. A mature olive tree can be chopped to the ground and grow back. What an amazing trick! A long time ago, olive oil was prepared by crushing olives in a large wooden or stone bowl called a mortar. Oil presses were also used. “Gethsemane” comes from the...

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