The Pressure Place

Lou Lotz

READ : Matthew 26:36-46

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane. (v. 36)

Gethsemane. The word means “oil press.” And somewhere in the blue shadows of the garden of Gethsemane that contrivance stood – two massive round stones which pressed the olives, crushing them to pulp, causing the rich oil to dribble out and drain into earthenware basins.

Gethsemane is the pressure place; it’s the place in life where you are crushed, squeezed. As Jesus in Gethsemane was pressed between self-preservation and the cross, between the easy thing and the right thing, so we some-times find ourselves pressed between weighty options.

For some, their marriage is Gethsemane. You made a promise. You tried to keep it. But now your relationship has turned malignant. You can’t bear to remain married, but you don’t dare seek a divorce. You can’t stay, you can’t leave. For some people their career is Gethsemane – your job is squeezing the life out of you, but you have nowhere else to go. Gethsemane is the place where these two granite-like options are crushing you, and like Jesus, you pray for a way out: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me.” But in the end we discover, as Jesus did, that there really is only one option for the believer – to trust God, and go where he leads.


Father, not my will, but thy will be done.