2 Pillars Church — Why Did Jesus Go Up On The Mountain To Pray?
It is difficult to cover all of the ground that has to be covered in a single sermon on a given text. The implications of this are that for every sermon you hear, there is a slew of observations, insights, linkages, and applications that were not included. Preachers have a number of significant (and tough!) responsibilities, one of which is making judgments about what to bring into the pulpit on Sunday and what to keep out. The sermon delivered on Sunday was no exception. Mark 6:46—45 is a scripture that I barely touched on briefly in my presentation.
46 When he had said his goodbyes to them, he climbed up on top of the mountain and prayed.
Jesus Praying in Mark
There are just three instances of Jesus praying in the entire gospel of Mark (Mark 1:35, 6:46, and 14:32–39), and each of those instances is brief. In each of these events, Jesus experienced a watershed moment in His mission, whether it was a crisis or a critical choice, as explained by writer James R. Edwards: Each prayer takes place at night and in a solitary location, each finds Jesus’ disciples estranged from him and unable to comprehend his mission, and in each, Jesus must make a life-altering decision or confront a catastrophe.
(197) When I preached on Sunday, I used the passage from John 6:15, which, at least in part, explains the predicament Jesus was facing: Knowing that they were preparing to come and seize him by force in order to declare him king, Jesus retired to the mountain by himself once more.
Jesus, on the other hand, came as a suffering servant-King who would save His people from their sin.
I believe the complete tale is told in the book of Acts.
The Disciples’ Hard Hearts
Jesus’ own followers were the most major source of criticism following the feeding of the five thousand (Mark 6:30–44), rather than the large multitudes that had gathered. The verses 51–52 inform us that: 51 And as he got into the boat with them, the wind stopped blowing. And they were completely taken aback, 52 because they did not comprehend the significance of the loaves, but their hearts had become hardened. The disciples were perplexed by Jesus’ explanation of the loaves. They were present when the miracle feeding took place.
They finished their meal and were satisfied.
Despite this, their hearts remained hardened.
If the hardness of the Pharisees upset Jesus, imagine how much more Jesus must have been affected by the hardness of His own followers’ hearts!
A Time to Speak and a Time to Pray
The way Jesus responded to His disciples’ hardheartedness, disbelief, and lack of understanding is instructive for us to learn from as well. Was Jesus able to achieve anything in the face of such opposition? He walked up to the top of the mountain in order to pray. So frequently, our own answer to this type of criticism is to talk and act even louder and more aggressively. Our thinking goes something like this: “If I offer additional information, provide another argument, recommend another book, or restate the essential aspects that they could have missed,” we reason, “then perhaps they will comprehend and respond to Jesus in faith.” While faith can be gained via hearing (Romans 10:17), stony hearts are not easily won over by mere words.
According to Ezekiel 11:19, God Himself provides a new heart as a gift to all who believe in Him under the New Covenant.
Where Jesus Went to Pray: The Eremos Grotto
The Holy Land holds a special place in my heart. I’ve been back eight times in the previous fourteen years, and each time I leave, I get a little more homesick for the place. I’d like to take you to the Eremos Grotto, which is one of my favorite secret spots in Galilee. It is located at the foot of the mythical Mount of Beatitudes, just a few feet from from the road that goes by the Church of Peter’s Primacy. Despite the fact that ninety-nine percent of pilgrims who travel to Israel do not visit or even know about it, it used to be one of the most regularly visited holy places in the early years of Christianity.
In reality, the Greek word “eremos” denotes “deserted or lonely region.” This phrase from Mark’s Gospel, which is likely referring to this site, is one of my favorites: “in the morning, a long while before daybreak, he awoke and walked out to a lonely spot, and there he prayed.” And Simon and others who were with him pursued him, eventually locating him and telling him, “Everyone is looking for you.”” (See Mark 1:35-37.) Consider your position as one of Jesus’ followers, roused by the Lord’s movements in the wee hours of the morning and witnessing Christ slip away from the rest of the disciples to communicate with his Father.
When you think that God the Son, who enjoys continuous connection and communion with his Father and the Spirit, has nevertheless set out particular times for prayer in his hectic schedule, it’s mind-boggling to comprehend (the earlier verses indicate he had been healing and ministering all day).
Would you be inclined to keep a safe distance between you and him and listen in on his prayers? It appears that some of his disciples did just that, eventually pleading with the Lord, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1-4).
The Grotto Within
In the Sermon on the Mount (which was delivered on the mountain above the Eremos Grotto), Jesus urged us to construct a place of prayer for ourselves and for others (Matthew 6:6). Tamieon is a Greek word that means “chamber” or “closet,” and it is the term that is most commonly rendered as such. It is frequently used to refer to a chamber that is used to store riches or treasures. It was akin to the ornate Torah closets that have been discovered in first-century synagogues, such as Magdala, in terms of decoration.
- Likewise, modern synagogues are equipped with Torah closets, which are similar to the tabernacle in a Catholic church, where the scrolls are housed and revered as signs of God’s presence and voice.
- A prayer nook or closet filled with “valuables” such as crosses, icons, devotional items or literature may be the perfect addition to our home.
- Here’s some encouraging news.
- The Eremos Grotto within you may be reached when you are sitting on a flight, in line at the bank, or waiting at a red light.
The Still Small Voice
According to the Catechism, “Jesus frequently withdraws to pray in solitary. A tangible representation of his prayer in private is shown via his words and deeds” (CCC 2602). Jesus teaches to us that we cannot expect to speak with authority, alter lives, offer healing to another, or gain triumph over sin in our own lives until we first lay a solid foundation of hidden prayer in our lives that is rich and robust. So let us carve out a cave of prayer in our homes and hearts to spend time with the Lord, where we may pour out our hearts to him and, like Elijah in his cave, listen for that “still tiny voice” that the Lord is speaking to us (1 Kings 19:11-13).
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Mountains played an important role in Jesus’ life while he was on the earthly stage. Immediately before to beginning his ministry, Jesus went into the desert and prayed for 40 days and 40 nights in solitude. At the conclusion of that time period, Jesus was tempted by the devil. For example, the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain with him, where he showed him all the kingdoms of the earth with their grandeur, and he promised Jesus that He would receive them if He would fall down and worship him (Matt 4: 8-9).
Many of us are familiar with Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, during which he delivered the Beatitudes.
It’s very beautiful to see how the Amplified Bible explains the word blessed in this particular context: The poor in spirit (the humble, who regard themselves as insignificant) are blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward condition), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, and theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Those who mourn will be comforted (Matt 5:34), and those who are enviously happy (with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace) will be blessed and enviably happy (with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace).
Mounties were isolated places, and Jesus wanted a peaceful location to pray – to communicate to His Father, to converse with Him, and to gain strength and direction from Him – so that He might commune with Him.
The Bible tells us that on the mountain, great crowds came to Him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, and many others, and they laid them at His feet, where He healed them, and the crowd was filled with awe and worshiped God when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled walking, and the blind seeing.
And it was on the Mount of Transfiguration in Galilee that Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission: to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything that God had commanded in the Old Testament.
They are also locations of healing and revelation, as well as places of commissioning. As I ascend Mount Elgon, I am looking forward to all of these experiences and many more. And I am confident that God will provide for me since He always answers prayer.
Mount of Transfiguration – Wikipedia
The Church of the Transfiguration is a church dedicated to the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ. One of the great mysteries of the New Testament is the identification of the mountain on which Jesus was transfigured throughout his ministry. This is how Matthew describes the Transfiguration: “And after six days, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John his brother, and brings them up into a high mountain apart, and is transfigured before them: and his face shone as the sun, and his raiment shone as the light.” And, lo, there came before them Moses and Elijah, who were conversing with him.
And Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, do not be frightened.” And they obeyed.
And as they descended from the mountain, Jesus issued a command to them, saying, “Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.” (Matthew 17:1–9, King James Version)
There have been several possibilities proposed for this mountain, including:
The traditional location is Mount Tabor, which rises to a height of 575 metres (1,886 feet) above sea level. The Mount of Transfiguration is first mentioned as Tabor in the 3rd century by the Greek philosopher and historian Origen. In the 4th century, it is also described by St. Cyril of Jerusalem and St. Jerome, among others. It is later described in the 5th-century text, Transitus Beatae Mariae Virginis (Transitus of the Blessed Virgin). Additionally, according to the Mystical City of GodbyVenerableMary of Jesus of greda, the highest summit of Mount Tabor is referred to as the site of the Transfiguration: “For His Transfiguration He selected a high mountain in the center of Galilee, two leagues east of Nazareth and named Mount Tabor.
Two explanations were advanced by R. H. Fuller and J. Lightfoot in support of Mount Hermon’s location: it is the highest point in the area and it is close to Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13), the location where the preceding events are said to have taken place. This mountain was visited by fallen angels, according to the Book of Enoch, who came to pollute God’s creation by creating giants, “great men of renown” who would “pollute God’s creation with their presence” (Genesis 6).
Some other possible locations include: one of theHorns of Hattin, proposed by R. W. Stewart (1857); Gebel Germaq (1208 metres), 5 kilometers southwest of Safed, proposed by W.
Ewing (1906); Tel El-Ahmar (1,452 metres), onJabal al-Druze, proposed by Gustav Dalman(1924); Mount Neboby H. A. Whittaker (1987); andMount Sinai, proposed by Benjamin Urruti Others, such as A. Loisy (1908), have purposefully avoided attempting to pinpoint a specific place.
- “Transfiguration,” in Meistermann, Barnabas (1912), “The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. XV,” New York: Robert Appleton Company
- Archaeology, Jesus, and the Bible – Page 176 James H. Charlesworth passed away in 2006. “R. H. Fuller and J. Lightfoot advocated Mount Hermon as the mount of the transfiguration due the location”
- “R.W. Stewart offered Mount Hermon as the mount of the transfiguration because the location”
- In 1854, Charlesworth published The Tent and the Khan. Archaeology, Jesus, and the Bible – Page 176 “Tell el Akhmar in the Golan Heights was chosen by G. Dalman as the site of transfiguration.” The Horn of Hattin was a favorite of R. W. Stewart. W. Ewing believed that Gebel Germaq was the location where Jesus revealed his glory to the apostles.”
- W. Ewing, “The Mount of Transfiguration,” The Expository Times, Volume XVIII, 1906-1907, p333- 334
- G. Dalman,Orte und Wege Jesu (1924)
- H. A. Whittaker,Studies in the GospelsBiblia 1987
- Charlesworth, “The Mount of Transfiguration,” The Expository Times, Volume Jesus and the Study of Archaeology “A. Loisy came to the conclusion that persons who seek a geographical location for the transfiguration are similar to Peter, who begged for the construction of three tents. They don’t have any “in addition to this, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected]
Bible Gateway passage: Luke 22:39-44 – New International Version
39Jesus walked out as he often did, B)”>(B)to the Mount of Olives, C)”>(C), and his followers were right behind him. 40When he arrived at the location, he addressed them, saying, “Pray that you will not fall prey to temptation” (D) 41He retreated about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down E)”>(E)and prayed,42″Father, if you are willing, take this cup F)”>(F)from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” G)”>(G)43 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup F)”>(F)from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” He was comforted by an angel from heaven who came in front of him.
H)”>(H)44 Due to his sorrow, he increased the intensity of his prayers, and his sweat seemed like drops of blood dropping to the ground.
- Luke 22:44 (NIV) Many early copies do not have verses 43 and 44
- This is especially true for texts from the Middle Ages.
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‘Very early in the morning, when it was still dark, Jesus arose, left the house, and went out to an isolated location to pray,’ says Mark 1:35. “Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to an isolated place to pray” Mt. Arbel in the Galilee region of Israel– Located high above the Sea of Galilee, this hilltop offers one of the most stunning vistas of the region where Jesus spent the majority of his public preaching. During Jesus’ lifetime, there were around 200 cities and villages in the area surrounding the lake known as the Sea of Galilee, according to Josephus.
- It is possible to have a bird’s eye perspective of the whole region where Jesus strolled and resided from the summit of Mt Arbel.
- of Beatitudes, Korazin, and the Decapolis are all visible from this vantage point (home of the demoniac).
- Herod the Great came to this location and slaughtered hundreds of Galilean Zealots who were sheltering in the high rocks of Mt.
- The mountain is a well-known landmark in the area, and it can be seen for miles in every direction from practically everywhere.
- In addition, they learned another intriguing lesson regarding the connection between a rabbi and his talmidim (disciples).
- At daylight, we set off from Magdala and began the difficult climb up the rocks to the peak, which took us more than eight hours in all.
- The view, on the other hand, was stunning once you reached the summit.
While we were at the summit, we overheard a narrative about the relationship that a Jewish Rabbi had with his talmidim, which was as follows: Rabbis were devoted to the young men who had been chosen to be their students, and they were enthusiastic about their work.
Getting up early in the morning, well before daylight, and making a very arduous ascent to a location where they could see where their followers were resting was standard procedure for rabbis.
A little while after reaching his observation point, the rabbi would glance down to the ground below and begin praying sincerely to God for himself and his disciples.
For the instructor, praying to God on behalf of his unknowing students below was an extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience.
He was prepared to put in the effort necessary to ensure that kids grew up to be just like him and received proper training in the process.
Who are your disciples, by the way?
Are you fervently praying for them and their spiritual journey with Christ?
It will need a great level of devotion on our side to accomplish our goals.
Arbel, I became more conscious of the necessity to be a man that lives and prays the text, and that is actively seeking someone to teach to follow in the footsteps of our Rabbi, Jesus.
a little about the author: Bob is the founder of this website and a follower of Ray Vander Laan’s teachings. He leads a Bible study at Christ’s Church in Roswell, New Mexico, where he lives with his wife of 50 years. He also enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.
What happened on the Mount of Olives?
QuestionAnswer According to the King James Version, the Mount of Olives is occasionally referred to as “Olivet” (2 Samuel 15:30; Acts 1:12) or “the mount facing Jerusalem” (1 Kings 11:7). It is a mountain extending along the east side of Jerusalem, separated from the city walls by a valley and the River Kidron. Mount of Olives was the setting for a number of significant events in the Bible, and it will serve as the location of a yet unfulfilled prophesy in the future. The Mount of Olives is only referenced once in the Old Testament, and it is in connection with King David.
- In later years, King Solomon made use of the Mount of Olives for idol worship: “On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon constructed a high place for Chemosh the odious deity of Moab, as well as for Molek the hateful god of the Ammonites” (1 Kings 11:7).
- The Mount of Olives was a frequent destination for Jesus’ trips (Luke 21:37).
- Because their town of Bethany was located on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives, every time Jesus visited Lazarus, Mary, and Martha, He was on the Mount of Olives.
- Three times during the final week of Jesus’ earthly life, the Bible recalls Him going to the Mount of Olives, and each time something significant happened.
- According to Luke 19:29–30, the donkey on which Jesus rode that day was discovered in the area between Bethany and Bethphage, on the east side of the Mount of Olives.
- While still on the Mount of Olives, Jesus gazed out over the city, mourned, and delivered a judgment against Jerusalem (verses 41–44) while still on the mountain.
- Mark 13:1–37 and Luke 21:5–36 include verses that are almost identical.
(Matthew 24:3, NIV) The teaching of Jesus in Matthew 24—25 is largely concerned with the impending destruction of Jerusalem, the ensuing tribulation period, and the second coming of Christ at the conclusion of the tribulation period, among other things.
The night before He was betrayed, Jesus paid his third visit to the house where He was staying during the week of His passion.
During the final Passover dinner, Jesus washed the feet of His followers and identified Judas as the betrayer (John 13:1–30).
When He arrived in the Garden of Gethsemane (meaning “Garden of Olive Press”), which is located on the western side of the Mount of Olives, He led His followers to the Garden of Gethsemane.
The agony of what He was about to endure on the cross the following day had overtaken Him to the point that His perspiration was “like drops of blood” (Luke 22:44), and God sent an angel from heaven to strengthen Him (Luke 22:43).
Judas recognized Jesus by giving him a kiss, which he had already agreed to do as a planned signal.
Jesus chastised Peter and then cured the man’s ear, demonstrating the supernatural power of God in action (Luke 22:51).
After the trials, the crucifixion, and the resurrection, Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives for a final time.
Then they honored him and returned to Jerusalem with a great sense of accomplishment” (Luke 24:50–52).
According to the prophet Zechariah, Jesus will not only return in the same manner, but he will also return to the same location.
Jesus will return to the identical area where David cried in defeat and where He was betrayed and rejected, and it will be the place where He will triumph over all His adversaries.
Questions about Biblical Locations (Questions about Biblical Places) Is it true that anything happened on the Mount of Olives?
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What happened in the Garden of Gethsemane?
QuestionAnswer Located on a slope of the Mount of Olives, directly across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane, whose name literally translates as “oil press,” is a popular pilgrimage destination. Even now, a garden of antique olive trees may be found on the property. With His followers, Jesus went to Gethsemane on a regular basis to pray (John 18:2). The most well-known events in Gethsemane happened the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, when He was betrayed by Judas Iscariot.
- Matthew 26:36-56 is the most accurate account of the events of that night.
- When they reached a certain point in their journey, Jesus brought three of them—Peter, James, and John—to a spot apart from the rest.
- Twice, Jesus had to wake them up and tell them to pray in order for them to avoid falling prey to the temptation.
- The three men were watching Jesus as He walked a little distance away from them to pray, and twice He requested His Father to withdraw the cup of vengeance He was about to drink, but each time He bowed to the Father’s decision.
- Following this, Judas Iscariot, the betrayer, arrived with a “multitude” of soldiers, high priests, Pharisees, and slaves in order to arrest Jesus and take him away.
- In an attempt to defend Jesus, Peter brandished a sword and stabbed a man named Malchus, a servant of the high priest, severing his ear in the process.
- Surprised that seeing this great miracle of healing had no effect on the large number of people present.
- Nonetheless, they seized Him and brought Him before Pontius Pilate, while the disciples fled in terror for their lives.
- For ages, artists have represented the fervor with which Jesus demonstrated on that historic night in music, literature, and film.
- Even our vocabulary has been influenced by these events, with words such as “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword” (Matthew 26:52), “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38), and “sweating droplets of blood” (Matthew 26:51) emerging from the Bible (Luke 22:44).
- Christ, who was without sin, was made sin for us, so that we may become the righteousness of God in Him, according to the Scriptures (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The gospel of Jesus Christ is presented here. Questions about Biblical Locations (Questions about Biblical Places) What transpired in the Garden of Gethsemane is a mystery.
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The Lord Jesus Praying in Luke (3): On the Mount of Transfiguration
At His transfiguration, the Lord Jesus prayed for us (Luke 9:28-29). Luke is the only one who tells us that Jesus’ objective for going up to the mountain was to pray. With the Lord Jesus, this was a clear and unwavering goal. “As He prayed, the appearance of His countenance changed,” according to Luke alone (9:29). Unlike our Lord Jesus, we shall not be transfigured in the manner of our Lord, but how wonderful it is when people can perceive that we have been with Him, like in Acts 4:13. “Then, when they saw Peter and John’s bravery and realized that they were unlearned and illiterate men, they were amazed, and they came to the conclusion that they had been with Jesus.” Matthew 17:2 and Mark 9:2 (both of which pertain to the Transfiguration on the Mount of Transfiguration) include a Greek term that is translated “transfigured” that appears four times in the New Testament.
- If we take the time to view Him, we shall be made holy in the process.
- Terhune was introduced to us while we were attending gospel gatherings in New Jersey.
- One day, Mr.
- “I am aware that you are in close proximity to the One above,” he told her.
- It was his responsibility to obtain eight Pullman tickets for White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia by Friday noon, he explained to his girlfriend.
- All of the available tickets for this event were entirely sold out.
- As she prayed that night, she requested God to see to it that Mr.
Even while she prayed, she felt confident in God’s ability to complete the task.
She responded that she had, and that they would have them before the deadline on Friday afternoon.
Coogan got on the intercom on Friday morning around 11 a.m., and he was dejected and depressed.
He stepped on the intercom fifteen minutes later, and he was a bit eager to be there.
“We’ve gotten the tickets!” Mr.
When the 70 had returned, the Lord Jesus prayed for them (10:17, 20-21).
“Rather, celebrate because your names are recorded in the book of life,” he told them (v20).
He was never reborn after that.
(See Luke 10:21.) The Lord Jesus was not making a distinction between educated and illiterate individuals, but rather between those who have a self-sufficient mentality and those who have a childish approach.
Just before teaching about prayer, the Lord prayed for us (11:1).
It awoke longings in the disciple’s heart for the opportunity to discover the secret of authentic prayer.
It was his prayer that he sought: “Lord, teach us to pray as you taught John’s followers to pray” (Luke 11:1).
Christ was attempting to convince Simon with the importance of His warning by repeatedly mentioning his name.
Despite the fact that Peter did not trust the Lord’s statements concerning his triple rejection, he was on the point of demonstrating their accuracy to the fullest extent.
When we believe we are invulnerable, we are at our most vulnerable.
“Satan has wished to acquire you in order that he may sift you like wheat,” Christ informed Peter (Luke 22:31).
Satan wished to gain complete control over all of the disciples.
The pronoun “thee” is singular.
I have no doubt that He prayed for the other ten true disciples as well.
“No shaft can hit, except what the God of love thinks fit.” Here we see Satan as the cunning adversary, and the Lord Jesus as the loving Intercessor.
“Ye are they who have stayed with Me amid My temptations.” In effect, Christ was telling them that they will not continue with Him in this one.
There is no telling how far Peter would have gone if it were not for the loving intercession of the Lord Jesus.
Probably most of us will not know until home in heaven how much we owe to the intercessions of our Lord Jesus. David wrote of a good man in Psalm 37:24. “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand.” © TruthTidings –
Jesus Went Up The Mountain To Teach The Beatitudes – Retha Groenewald
The Sermon on the Mount, often known as the Beatitudes, was delivered on Mount Tabor. Jesus ascended the mountain in the same manner as Moses. Mt. Sinai was a three-time ascent for Moses (Exodus 19:3; 24:18; 34:42). He made his way up the mountain in order to meet with God. The Beatitudes were taught to the people by Jesus on his ascent of the mountain. He is the Word, and He is the Son of God (John 1:1).
- As recorded in Mark 3:13, Jesus walked up the mountain and then summoned those whom He desired. They came to Him, and He received them. At the end of Luke 9:28, Jesus ascends a mountain to pray. He sat down with his disciples on the mountain, according to John 6:3. When the crowds demanded that He be made king, Jesus retired to the mountain, according to John 6:15.
The mountain is a secure location. When you wish to pray, you may do so in complete privacy. It is a location where significant choices are made as well as a place where people learn. The mountain is a location for one person, for the disciples, for the throngs, and for a specific group of people to gather and worship. It is a location where one may be in the presence of God. When Jesus noticed the gathering throng, he walked up to the hilltop and took a seat. His followers gathered around him, and he began to instruct them in their newfound knowledge.
- They were in His presence, and they listened intently to what He had to say.
- They were all aware of the message, but not all of them reacted in the same manner.
- Because of the preacher’s anointing and authority, the entire congregation is brought into God’s presence and is transformed.
- You have the option of participating completely or simply watching.
- (John 6:3 New International Version)The disciples were with Jesus on a daily basis.
- When He invited them to be in His presence, they didn’t hesitate.
- If following Jesus is your way of life, then come and spend time with Him on the mountainside frequently.
That is the place you want to be, with Him, at all times.
(Mark 3:13 in the English Standard Version) When Jesus picked the twelve apostles, he also summoned a number of disciples to him.
It is possible that Jesus is calling you to Himself for a specific purpose.
It might come to you in a dream, a vision, or as a tugging at your heartstrings.
You are aware that you are in God’s presence, and that He wishes to communicate something unique with you.
(Luke 9:28 New King James Version) Jesus went up to the mountain to pray on a regular basis.
The Bible also describes instances in which Jesus went to pray by himself.
During church services, you join the rest of the congregation in praying.
That is why you prefer to pray by yourself.
After reaching the summit and entering into His presence, the words come more easily than when you are at the foot of a steep mountain.
(HCSB, John 6:15; HCSB, John 6:15) Jesus retreated to the mountaintop, away from the throngs of people.
It is beneficial to retire to a safe haven, a place of tranquility, from time to time.
If you want to pray, withdraw, or join Jesus, you don’t have to wait for an invitation before going up to the mountain.
When Jesus died on the cross for your sins and the curtain was ripped, He granted you permission to enter the kingdom of God. As a child of God, you have an eternal invitation – a free pass. Is there anything more you want to do?
Luke 6:12 In those days Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.
(12)He left the house and went to a hillside to pray. -It’s preferable to go into the mountains or the hill-country. The importance placed on Jesus’ prayers is a recurring theme in the writings of St. Luke. I continued to pray to God throughout the night. – At the very least, the original allows for a different interpretation. “Prayer” (proseuche) had evolved to refer to the spot where pious Jews may retreat for their devotions: the chapel or oratory by the river’s edge or on the mountain’s edge where there was a flowing stream for ablutions.
- Halicarnassus is the site of another another.
- The fact that Josephus mentions that there was one in Tiberias (Life, c.
- The precise combination of words used in God’s prayer – literally – is not found anywhere else in the world for prayer as it is presented to God.
- Verse 12 is the last verse in the book of Revelation.
That is to say, during the course of his ministry in Galilee, particularly in the densely populated region surrounding the Lake of Genessaret, and following the events recounted in Chapter 5 and the first eleven verses of Chapter 6, Jesus proceeded to choose twelve people from among the group of people who had become particularly attached to him and who would therefore remain with him at all times.
- It was his intention to train up these individuals to serve as approved exponents of his message and as future leaders of his Church.
- Jerusalem and the hierarchy, backed by the great instructors of the kind of Judaism that had for so long captivated the hearts of the people, had voiced their opposition to the beliefs and teachings of Jesus, albeit in hushed tones at the time.
- It was vital to take immediate action in order to establish some kind of structure among the people who had responded so positively to his statements; hence, the formal selection of the twelve individuals who would be closest to him from that point on was made.
- Parallel commentary by SimonAndrewJames and Andrew James GreekInἐν(en) PrepositionsStrong’s 1722: in, on, amid, and between.
- those ταύταις(tautais) Demonstrative Dative Feminine Plural PronounStrong’s 3778:This is; he, she, it.
- went on a date ἐξελθεῖν(exelthein) ActiveStrong’s 1831: Verb – Aorist Infinitive ActiveStrong’s 1831: Come out if you want to go out.
- theτὸ(to) Strong’s 3588:the is an accusative neuter singular that refers to the definite article.
mountain ὄρoς(oros) Noun – Accusative Neuter SingularStrong’s 3735: “Accusative Neuter Singular” It’s a mountain or a hill.
for the purpose of praying (proseuxasthai) MiddleStrong’s 4336 is an aorist infinitive that means to pray, pray for, or give prayer.
He stayed the night with us.
To stay awake all night is derived from the Greek word dia, which means “to sit up.” inἐν(en) PrepositionsStrong’s 1722: in, on, amid, and between.
prayer προσευχῇ(proseuchē) a prayer to God in the Dative Feminine SingularStrong’s 4335:From proseuchomai, which means “prayer” in the feminine singular; by extension, an oratory.
Paralela Luke 6:12 Chinese Version of the Bible French translation of Luke 6:12 Bible 6:12 (Luke 6:12) The Bible according to Catholic tradition Gospels of the New Testament: 6:12 (Luke 6:12) It was during these days that he experienced something (Luke Lu Lk)
What is the Garden of Gethsemane and Why Was it so Crucial to Jesus’ Life?
It is a vulnerable moment just after the Last Supper, when Jesus has revealed to His closest friends on earth what is about to happen to Him — the painful betrayal He will suffer from one of them, as well as His impending arrest, torture, and crucifixion — and how they should prepare for what is to come. Jesus withdraws with His inner circle, the three disciples closest to Him, and seeks sanctuary in a secret area, filled with agony and intense fear at the prospect of what He would shortly face.
And then, with unwavering determination, He goes about doing what He believes is necessary to save all of humanity.
Where Is the Garden of Gethsemane?
While the exact location of the Garden of Gethsemane is difficult to determine, the Bible states that it is located on the Mount of Olives, which is a historic site with significant significance throughout the Bible. We learn that the Mount of Olives was a “Sabbath day’s walk” from the city in Acts 1:12, according to the Bible. According to Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary, the Mount of Olives was given this name because it was covered with olive trees at the time. Because it was situated around 200 feet above sea level, it was one of a handful of mountain ridges east of Jerusalem that provided an excellent perspective of the city.
The Mount of Olives is a significant location because it was there that King Solomon built a “high place” for the worship of foreign gods, which caused the Lord to become extremely enraged with him (1 Kings 7-11).
The prophet Zechariah predicted that “a day of the Lord” would come when the Lord will stand on the Mount of Olives, ready for war, and reign as king over the entire planet, and he was correct (Zechariah 14:1-9).
What Is the Garden of Gethsemane?
A significant location in Jesus’ life, the Garden of Gethsemane is mentioned in all four Gospels as a place where He retreated into deep prayer and a time of agony before His arrest and crucifixion, and it is also mentioned as a location near where He ascended to heaven in the Book of Acts, among other things. In Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Gethsemane is translated from the Greek as “an oil press,” which makes sense given the context. It is said to be located at the base of the Mount of Olives, beyond the Kidron Valley, and to be accessible only by foot.
The oil press, a mechanical device of some type used to crush olives and extract their oil for cooking and other purposes, was also most likely included in the excavation.
Jesus brought His three closest followers — Peter, James, and John — with Him to a spot named Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36) so that He may pray, according to the Gospel of Matthew.
The Bible has a similar story in Mark 14:32, where the Gospel account also mentions that Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him “to a location called Gethsemane,” where He prayed in intense agony, overwhelmed by what was going to take place.
What Happened in the Garden of Gethsemane at the Mount of Olives?
According to the Gospels, Jesus instructed His followers to “sit here while I pray” (Mark 14:32). Because “my spirit is filled with anguish to the brink of death,” he admitted his sorrow and asked them to keep an eye out for him (14:34). Then, after walking a short distance away from them, he knelt on His knees and cried out to His Father, God. Then he told me that he could do anything for me because he was my Abba, Father.” Please accept this cup from me. Yet it is not what I will, but what You will, that counts.” (14:36).
- “He fell to the ground with His face to the ground,” Matthew’s Gospel tells us, as He prayed with all of His might (Matthew 26:39).
- The Gospels describe Jesus rebuking them for their frailty and failure to maintain vigil at this time of great need, a time when He prayed with such intensity that the Gospel of Luke described His sweat as “drops of blood dropping to the ground” (22:44).
- He appeared ready to confront the path His Father had mapped out for Him.
- Look at what has happened: the Son of Man has been handed into the hands of sinners.
- Let’s get this party started!
- Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, and the Son of God was apprehended and imprisoned as a result (Mark 14:43-46).
Nevertheless, during His all-night anguish of sadness and prayer, Jesus realized what had to be done.
“Jesus responded by saying, ‘No more of this!’ In addition, He touched the man’s ear, healing him” (Luke 22:51).
When this happened, as Jesus had warned, “all of His disciples left Him and fled” (Matthew 26:56).
This time, however, it is during His ministry (Acts 1:12).
“It is not for you to know the times or dates that the Father has fixed by His own authority,” Jesus said.
In the immediate aftermath of His words, He was lifted up and hidden by a cloud in front of their very eyes” (Acts 1:6-9).
They also informed them that Jesus would return in the manner in which they had last seen Him go. The disciples then returned from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem, prepared to carry out the tasks that Jesus had assigned to them there (1:10-12).
Why Is the Garden of Gethsemane Important?
Although the garden was an important location, especially to Jesus because it was a place where He sought much-needed comfort and solace with His Father during a time of pain and sadness, as well as the location where He was betrayed and arrested, it also served as a setting for important instruction on key concepts that are still relevant today. In the first place, we are presented Jesus as the real “Word (that) became flesh” (John 1:14), the incarnate Son of the Lord God, born of a virgin, and referred to as Immanuel, which means “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14).
- He was in the Garden of Gethsemane where He experienced sadness and tremendous pain as a result of the suffering He would have to undergo.
- Jesus’ reaction may be taken as annoyance, disdain, or scolding when His closest companions, whom He’d pleaded with to stay awake and maintain watch, were unable to complete even the simplest of tasks for Him.
- Then Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with Me for an hour?” (Matthew 26:40 b).
- (Matthew 36:27-29).
- Jesus did more than just have a sacred supper with His closest companions when they gathered with Him for their final major meeting before His arrest and execution.
- His revelations included the fact that one of them would betray Him, and that all of the disciples would scatter, with even Peter confessing three times before the rooster crows the following morning (Matthew 26:34).
Lastly, As part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shared wisdom on topics such as turning the other cheek (Matthew 5:38-39), loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us (5:44), giving to the needy (6:1-4), serving God rather than money or other temporary things of this world (6:19-24), and many other topics.
Jesus told him, ‘Put your weapon back where it belongs,’ for those who draw the sword will perish by the sword.’ Do you believe that I will be unable to summon my heavenly Father and have Him immediately place more than twelve legions of angels at my disposal?
Jesus was implying that the will of the Father would be carried out regardless of the circumstances, and that there was no use in resisting or incurring extra bloodshed.
Despite the fact that they did not comply with His instructions, His requests of them — as well as His modeling of the proper way to behave in times of grief and agony – reveal what we as Christians ought to do now.
Many Christians believe that contemplating the Garden of Gethsemane and its significance to Jesus, whether they travel to the exact spot or merely read about it, is an important step in better comprehending the deeds, the message, and the intent of Christ.
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