I discovered something exciting and new in Scripture during Easter this year (God’s Word is like that, you know, fresh and revealing every day).
In the account of the Creation recorded in Genesis, the Bible says that God took Adam and “put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Genesis 2:15)
In the account of the Re-Creation recorded in John’s Gospel, the Bible says that Mary Magdalene saw Jesus standing in the garden near the empty tomb, “but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’” (John 20:14-15)
In both accounts God uses the image of a “gardener!”
“Coincidence? I think not!” (The Incredibles, Pixar Film, 2004)
The first “gardener” blew it! The Second redeemed it!
The first Adam was formed by God to care for and steward creation – he failed. The Second Adam was the eternal Son sent from the Father to save and restore creation because of God’s love for his broken world – He succeeded, beyond all imagination!
“That’s too coincidental to be a coincidence.” (Yogi Berra, Professional Baseball Player and Philosopher (1925-2015)
The Holy Spirit, through the Apostle Paul made sure we didn’t miss it.
Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being” (Genesis 2:7); the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
And later from Paul’s letter to the Romans:
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:18-21
One gave up eternal life in pursuit of his selfish desires and sin – and death gripped creation. The Other gave up His life in selfless pursuit of our restoration – and the freedom of forgiveness and eternal life was offered.
Thank God for the Second Gardener!
John finishes his story this way:
Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her. John 20:16-18
He still calls His creation by name. He’s still in the business of making New Creations – like you. So, like Mary, turn to Him – experience the grip of the Gardener’s amazing grace.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Enjoy His amazing “coincidences” today!
- Share some “coincidences” and fresh discoveries you are seeing in the Bible.
- Got a gardener in your life? Pass this along – I bet it’ll bless them.