Yesterday I talked about Gethsemane in my post, so imagine my surprise to hear Pastor Joseph Prince talking about it today on T.V. Gethsemane means olive press, and it was where Jesus was pressed for us. The Israelites will tell you that the first pressing produces oil used to light the temples, the second press is used for medicine, and the third is for soaps. And like the first press, Jesus brought us out of the darkness and into the light. Like the second press, Jesus is our medicine because by his stripes we are healed.. and of course the third press, cleansing. He cleansed us. Being pressed can bring forth wonderful things.
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Cor. 4:8