How close will I be able to come to the rock where Jesus prayed? This is the holiest moment of the Bible for me and I would like to make this visit in Sept. very special. What arrangements can I make?
At one time one of the Olive trees in the Garden, was considered to be as old as the times of Jesus. Later, carbon dating showed that it was less than 1000 yrs old. So it did not belong to the time of Jesus. The exact spot or rock cannot be determined after more than 2000 years and the history of so many wars in that land. Some purport a specific rock, but there is no real proof for it. There is no question, however, that the Garden of Gaths-amin is the same place that Jesus prayed. So any place in that Garden, a place of quiet, to reflect on the agony the Messiah hesitated to undertake, but undertook nevertheless is good enough. And use that moment to submit in obedience to God to make those difficult decisions that are contrary to your own will.
The Garden is open to all and is an amazing place. The Olive Trees are spectacular. inside the church, the rock is acessed through a small gate in the alter area of the Church. You can touch the rock and Pray for as long as you want to.
I truely hope this is a wonderful visit for you. I had wanted to visit the Holy Lands since I was a small child and it was everything and more for me...truely special in every way.
As the others said, it's available to all. The whole Garden, the church, it's all very moving. My trip to Israel was wonderful and I hope and pray that your trip is all you're hoping for.
The rock is located inside the church which is next to the Garden. It is open to the public . The entire Garden is worth seeing as it more closely represents the actual environment Jesus experienced.
30cm (12 inches) however now inside the Church of Nations build beside the Garden
Cindy, My wife Brenda and I are host our 20th trip to Israel November 4-14 which will be a Prayer & Study Tour. We currently have 33 people on the tour but would be welcome to join our group if desired. I know you mention September but you might think about the November trip. I can give you info on this. You will be able to touch the rock.
Same as the other comments
No arrangements necessary - the garden is open to all
No arrangements needed. See answers above.
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