Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Olive Press at Capernaum

I took this photo at Capernaum. See the olive (or oil) press -- the tall white stone to the right? That heavy stone would have been used to press the olives to extract the valuable oil.

Gethsemane means "oil press."

Can you see the link between Capernaum and Gethsemane? Jesus earthly ministry was based in Capernaum, but would end in Jerusalem where He would agonize at the Garden of Gethsemane. There the heavy weight of the world would be upon His shoulders as He cried out to the Father.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. Is 53:5

We will visit Gethsemane while in Jerusalem, and I'll remember this olive press in Capernaum. The Bible is coming alive.

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