I come to the garden alone
while the dew is still on the roses,
and the voice I hear falling on my ear,
the Son of God discloses.
And he walks with me, and he talks with me,
and he tells me I am his own;
and the joy we share as we tarry there,
none other has ever known.
C. Austin Miles, 1913
In A Garden To Begin Life
God has chosen a garden to do some wonderful things for His Creation. And as God’s nature mandates, He desires the best and finest for and from His most prized possession.
Humanity, the human soul, the crowning of all living things created were made in, made for and made to dwell in a garden. Let’s take a look.
The first man Adam was created ‘and placed in’ a garden:
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Genesis 2:8
The Lord desires the best for us. He is not a grudging, harsh, unforgiving taskmaster. No, our God wants us to have the best, live the best and forever possess the best He has to offer. And it all began in a garden.
In A Garden To End Life
Fast-forward time 4,000 years. Here we have another garden. This garden was also a place where God placed another Adam, the last Adam, the man Jesus Christ
( I Corinthians 15:45).
When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. John 18:1
It has been stated that the cross was not the place where Jesus died. It is understood that Jesus actually died in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was here where Jesus surrendered his human will (the spiritual man) to the Father. It was the cross where he surrendered his human body and blood (the physical man) for all of humanity.
Jesus could not have endured the pain, humiliation and agony of the cross of Golgotha if he had not first died out in the garden.
But, it does not end here. With God, He always saves the best for last.
In A Garden To Renew Life
Let’s recap this thread of thought. First, God placed the first man Adam in a garden to live. Next, God placed the last man, Jesus Christ, in a garden to die.
An interesting tidbit of information concerning Jesus’ tomb is revealed to us in John’s account of the gospel:
Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. John 19:40-41
Jesus was buried in a tomb located (that is right) in a garden. And an interesting thing happened in this garden:
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. Luke 24:1-3
Follow The Pattern Of The Garden
It is said that God is a God of principles and patterns. And this is apparent in how He from the beginning designed the path leading to salvation. The law of the Old Testament began and was fulfilled in a garden. In doing so, God used the garden as a pattern. The failure of Adam in the garden as recorded in the Old Testament was reconciled in a garden by the last Adam, Jesus Christ, recorded in the New Testament.
The Apostle Paul succinctly defines the gospel in I Corinthians chapter 15:
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: I Corinthians 15:3-4
We see that the Word of God opens with Adam living in the garden. Then we see the last Adam, Jesus Christ, lying dead in a garden. And lastly, we see him in a garden lifted up to eternal life. Living, lying and lifted completes the cycle.
Is not God sovereign in all His ways? Is it not a wonderful thing how the Lord puts all of the puzzle pieces together to make His ways fit perfectly?
There has never been and never will be a man who walked upon the dust of this earth like Jesus Christ. Jesus is perfect, pure and priceless.
In conclusion, the garden is God’s plan for life. The garden of prayer was the gateway for Jesus to face his darkest moment. A garden supplied the strength he needed to carry the cross, and with it, the sins of mankind. Should it not be likewise for us?
This post began with the opening verses to the song ‘In The Garden’. Jesus will never require us to bear a cross that He will not first prepare a garden to equip us to carry that cross, if we are willing to enter it.
May the Lord Bless You.