In lieu of publishing my first book, I thought I might add an excerpt from the book. I hope you enjoy.
Jesus went into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. When he kneeled down he said, “Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from me: nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42 (KJV)
The Garden of Gethsemane was located at the foot of the Mount of Olives. The area was filled with olive trees because the land was conducive for olives to grow. The name Garden of Gethsemane means, “Oil press”. An oil press is a device used to extract oil from plant material like fruits and nuts. Olives are a fruit that is commonly put in an oil press to extract the oils from it in order to make what we know as olive oil. It was not a coincidence that Jesus ended up in the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed during the time of his greatest affliction. Jesus was in a low place, not on the top of the mountain, but at the foot of the mountain, a place of pressing. Bearing the weight of all sins on the cross would be his greatest feat. Seeking God at the bottom of the mountain was exactly where he needed to be in order to accomplish it. Sometimes it is in our low places that we are able to find the strength we need to keep going.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, we see Jesus in a state of agony to the point where he was sweating as if blood was dripping to the ground. He was so grieved by the situation ahead that it nearly overtook him. It caused him to cry out to God and ask God to Take This Cup from him. The anguish and turmoil within his mind seemed unbearable. We have all had our Garden of Gethsemane moments or maybe you are in your Garden of Gethsemane moment now. Jesus knew the affliction that he was about to face. There was no doubt about what was coming, but it still brought him to a place where he asked God to “take this cup”.
Many of us are facing some things that we consider unbearable enough to want God to take our cups (difficulties) away as well. What Jesus understood was that it wasn’t about his own will or desire, it was all about the will of God for his life. After suffering the greatest affliction he could ever suffer, he ascended to the highest level he could ever ascend; seated at the right hand of God. This book is meant to encourage you through your Garden of Gethsemane. Although the affliction is hard and the test seems as if it will never end, know that ascension is on the other side of it. In this book, we will walk through Jesus’ journey and get wisdom that will help us through our own. Just know it is not over and whatever the devil meant for evil, God is turning around for your good.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (KJV)
You can purchase the book on Amazon and Amazon Kindle!
Take This Cup!!!