The word Gethsemane is only mentioned twice in the Bible in the following entries:
Matthew 26:36 | Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Mark 14:32 | And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
According to the New Testament, Jesus frequented this place to pray to God, which is why Judas was able to find him so easily before the whole crucifixion narrative. It is the place of the agony and betrayal of Jesus.
Now, I desperately want to get into the etymology and esoterics of Gethsemane, which is a mind-blowing journey into ancient symbolism, numerology and astrotheology but that will have to wait until another article.
Here are the passages, in their full detail, pertaining to the scene of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and the struggle he endures:
Matthew 26:36-46 (KJV)
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
My issue is with this mysterious reporter that is observing and writing down how Jesus is praying and what he is saying “verbatim”, documenting the entire scene. Remember, all of the disciples were sleeping. No one is with him. How do we explain it?
This is one of the tell-tale signs that this is an allegory, a spiritual drama, not actual history. The entire Bible is filled with this kind of deep symbolism and allegory that can only be explained by removing yourself from the religious masses, abundant studying of world mythology, symbolism, astrotheology, cosmology and the like. I’ll not mess around with you, it is a monumental task that will test you on a level that, most likely, you have never arrived at. Can you do it? Yes. Is it worth it? Beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Religion and its inherent literalism and fundamentalism are for those outside of the mystery. Esotericism and Gnosticism are a journey of the mystic down the rabbit hole of unbound truth that will free you or break you. Shake off those chains and begin your own quest for the truth. You did not come here to become stagnant and stuck in religion; to accept Jesus into your heart, claim him as your Lord and Savior and be saved. You came here to level up and become the best version of yourself for the benefit of all humankind. Beware of those spiritual potholes, lest they ensnare you, too.