The Olive Grove

In Commentary & Questions, Faith, John by Matt0 Comments

“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.  Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.”

It is evident from this passage, that when Jesus needed some time with the Father, he often went to a special place, this olive grove, to pray.  I love the fact that Jesus had a special place to have time with God.  I love the fact that Jesus had a special place to spend time with his disciples.  I think everyone should have a place like that.

I am still looking for one here in Utah, but for me, my hometown in Canada is still that place.  Especially in the summer.  The land is mostly untouched and there seems to be more of a harmony with nature there than there is here.  I would have to say for that reason that I am a conservationist.

Back to the main point, I think there is significance here that I didn’t see before.  We’re taught that God exists everywhere and that you don’t need to be in a specific place (eg. a church) to hear from Him.  This is one of the reasons that the temple garment was torn in two when Jesus died.  However, for some reason, Jesus found significant closeness with the Father in an olive grove or garden.  I can only speculate, but I have to wonder if the grove was very beautiful and if that beauty just surrounded Jesus with the work of the Creator and just compelled Jesus to worship.

Tonight is a full moon.  It will be very bright and I think I will try to find an open place with my lawn chair so that I can spend some time with God and reflect on His creation.