The Easter Garden
“Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein never man laid. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seeketh thou? She supposing him to be the gardener…” - (Jn.19:41-20:15). “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes we are healed” - (1Pet.2:24).
The reason that the cross of Christ is spoken of as a “tree” and that it was in a garden, and that He was buried in a sepulcher and rose from the dead in the same garden of Calvary, was that we should think immediately of the first sin in the garden on a tree and the punishment which was death. Most people know of the garden of Gethsemane, but know nothing of the much more important garden of Calvary, the Easter Garden. Sin and death started on a tree in the garden of Eden, and the Lord Jesus died for our sins on a tree and was buried and resurrected in the garden of Calvary - (Jn.19:41). Sin on the tree in the Garden of Eden culminated in the grace of God in His dear Son as our Savior dying for our sins on the tree in the garden of Calvary. Praise Jesus for the Easter Garden.
We know that Adam and Eve were gardeners in Eden, but the word ‘gardener’ is only once in the Bible speaking of Christ in the garden of Calvary. Mary Magdalene came to the sepulcher of Christ in the garden of Calvary early on Easter morning while it was yet dark. She met the resurrected Christ, but knew him not, and supposed Him to be the “gardener” - (Jn.20:15). And we know the bride’s beloved spouse in the Song of Solomon dwells in a garden and they love one another.
The bride of Christ, the Church, comes to her beloved Savior and the tree in the Easter Garden, and is saved, and regains the paradise of God that Eve lost on the tree in the garden of Eden and now has the right to eat of the tree of eternal life - “… to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” - (Rev.2:7).
There were two special trees in the Garden of Eden, the tree of life and the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which became the tree of death when Adam and Eve ate of it and sinned. God drove them out of Eden lest they eat of the tree of life and live forever in their sinful state. “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” - (Gen.3:24). Praise God there were three trees on Calvary that day in the garden, and the Lord Jesus hanging on the middle tree. He was dying on the most special tree in the universe. Christ on the tree-cross offers us the chance to conquer death and have eternal life and not go to hell. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” - (Rom.6:23). We can conquer the first death, and the second death in the lake of fire - (Rev.20:14,15). The Garden of Eden represented God’s ideal environment for man. It had trees and other living creatures and a river and precious metals and no sin or death. It was a portrait of happiness and fruitfulness. It was called the garden of the Lord and the garden of God. And for those of us who are saved by Christ on the tree in the garden of Calvary, God gives it all back to us. Praise the Lord Jesus.
The tree-cross of Christ, the tree of death in the garden of Calvary, becomes a tree of life to all who are saved by Him. Two sinners were being crucified with Christ that day on trees. One went to paradise and one went to hell. One died repentant and believing in Christ, and one died unrepentant and in unbelief. One died, as it were, on a tree of life, and the other on a tree of death. Praise God for the third tree and the Savior of the world, God’s beloved Son. God sent His dear Son down to earth to solve man’s greatest problem, sin and the punishment of sin which is death. That’s what Easter is all about. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” - (Jn.3:16). Christ died on the barren tree of death, so we could be saved from our sins and produce an abundance of Holy Spirit fruit of righteousness.
God created man and planted him in the Garden of Eden, and now after 6000 years Christ will soon return as the Lord of the harvest reaping His human crop. He died to make evil trees good human trees. But every person that rejects Christ will burn in hell. “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” - (Mt.7:19). God will have a harvest of the fruit of the womb that started with Adam and Eve. The great tribulation harvest time is coming soon. “Thrust in thy sickle and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe” - (Rev.14:15). “… the harvest is the end of the world” - (Mt.13:39). Tribulation means (tribulum- a threshing floor) where the good wheat is separated from the wicked chaff which is burnt up - (Mt.3:12). Praise Jesus for his tree-cross in the Easter garden.
Are you wheat or are you chaff? Are you saved and born again? If not, repent of your sins, and believe in Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and be saved from hell and become a new born again creature in Christ having eternal life. Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” - (Jn.3:6,7).