Poem: In the Garden of Gethsemane

By Melissa McLaughlin

His footsteps fall softly in the olive grove

Enveloped in verdant Garden fragrance

The tender leaves, the stalwart trunks rooted and still,

The young olive fruit swelling with sustenance

A Garden pulsing with life

Yet death casts its shadow there

The earthy soil once wet with morning dew,

Now soaked with the tears of His divine sorrow

His steps falter as He drops to His knees

Face down, body gripped with anguish

The ominous ordeal looms ahead

Drops of blood slip from His brow

Mingling with tears and sweat

A river of grief flowing steadily down

Cries and tears are His prayer

The Son of Man, spotless and pure

Absorbing the full darkness of humanity

Every sin

of the world

Laid upon the back

Of the innocent Lamb

Precious, holy, gentle and good

In that moment

The Perfect One

Accepts the penalty

For every trace of wickedness

Taking our place

Justice is served

Righteousness upheld

Mercy extended

Grace given

To all who believe

Jesus is LORD

Brooding, dreading, enduring

The cross

For the joy set before Him

We. Were. That. Joy.

Remember another Garden

Not so long ago

Where sin took hold

Where God foretold

Of One who would come

To utter the final Word, “It is finished.”

That battle has begun

Right here in the Garden of Gethsemane

The Word speaks, “Not my will, but yours be done.”

The heaviness lifts

As He arises in the sovereign strength

Of heaven’s redemption song

A rustle of feet, hushed voices call

His captors rush in, the time has come

Yet He walks out in might, Son of God and Son of Man

For the battle on His knees is won

The King who would set us free from sin

Walks out of the Garden of Gethsemane

On a path toward pain and scorn and death

A captive of men

And a Victor for all

Mark 14:32-36And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Luke 22:39-44And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Hebrews 1:3 – He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Additional Resources:

Vision of Red – Poem by Melissa McLaughlin

Song of the Rose – Poem by Melissa McLaughlin

The Sacrificial Lamb – Why Did Jesus Have to Die? By Melissa McLaughlin

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31 thoughts on “Poem: In the Garden of Gethsemane”

  1. Thx U Jesus 🐑🔥🕊️🛐❤️✝️🙌🙌🙌🙌📖

    • So hard to believe. The LORD of all creation, the King of heaven, laid down His own life for the people He made, so that we could be purified and spend eternity with Him in heaven. Such love. Such grace. Such mercy. There will never be enough words to write or enough songs to sing to tell Him thank you.

  2. Such a beautiful and heart-stirring poem, Melissa. Thank you for sharing today, as we approach this weekend. He has carried so much for us. Oh, may my heart overflow with praise to Him. May you have a Blessed Resurrection Day!

    • Thank you, dear Bettie! Glory to God, the Giver of life and love! Truly, Jesus has carried us more than we will ever know. I pray the Holy Spirit gives us deeper and deeper visions of His sacrifice, that our love for Him will deepen, as well. I join you in the heart’s call, may our hearts overflow with praise for our Savior and King! Have a blessed Resurrection Day!

  3. This is beautiful, Melissa! I loved this:

    “The King who would set us free from sin

    Walks out of the Garden of Gethsemane”

    He not only walked into the Garden on the night He died, but Jesus walked out on the day He rose from the dead.

    Happy Easter!

    • Thank you, Jeanne! All glory to the Lord Jesus! I am praising the Lord as I read your words:
      “He not only walked into the Garden on the night He died, but Jesus walked out on the day He rose from the dead.” Woohoo! Hallelujah! Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Have a blessed Easter, celebrating our risen Lord!

  4. Such a beautiful poem, Melissa! What a Savior we have that he would leave the comfort of heaven to come down here to become one of us, to give his life willingly, to suffer, and to die, all so that we might gain life and an eternity with him. Love was the motivation. Love was the power behind the plan of redemption. Love was the outcome.

    • Oh Melinda, you captured it all with your conclusion here. “Love was the motivation. Love was the power behind the plan of redemption. Love was the outcome.” Oh what a Savior! What amazing grace! What powerful love!

  5. Melissa, A great reminder of Christ’s amazing sacrifice for us so that we might be forgiven, be able to have an intimate relationship with God and the promise of eternal life. Have a blessed Easter weekend.

  6. Glory to God! Thank you for the kind words, Marcie. I cannot imagine what that day in the Garden of Gethsemane felt like for Jesus. It all came down to that moment. His love and power prevailed! Worthy is the Lamb of God!

  7. Melissa, I would love to use your poem in our Good Friday service giving you credit, of course! I taught and directed theatre for 25 years, and I am now a Pastor, so I love the beautiful way you capture the emotions of this scene. Pastor Melissa Malcolm

    • Pastor Melissa Malcom, I am humbled and grateful for your kind words. All glory to God! Please feel free to use. I appreciate you including my name as author. I pray the words and images are a blessing to those who attend. God bless you!


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