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March 29, 2024

Graves Into Gardens (Good Friday)

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In the serene confines of Eden, humanity's story began amidst perfect weather, bountiful fruit trees, and harmony between animals and people. It was a paradise untouched by sin, suffering, or separation from God. Within this idyllic setting, two significant trees stood: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the tree of life. God's warning against eating from the former tree bore the weight of consequence – the introduction of sin, pain, and ultimately, death into the world.

Ravi Zacharias contemplated the reasons behind God's creation of a world knowing the suffering it would entail, proposing that love necessitates choice and consequence. Humanity's rebellion in Eden led to separation from God, ushering in labor pains, toil, and mortality. The Cherubim guarded the path to the tree of life, symbolizing humanity's fallen state.

However, God had a redemptive plan. Generations later, Jesus, the Word made flesh, entered humanity's story to reconcile mankind to God. His journey led to another garden – Gethsemane. Situated at the foot of the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane witnessed Jesus' deep anguish as he faced the weight of humanity's sin.

In Gethsemane, Jesus grappled with the cup of suffering, echoing the Passover tradition of four cups. Could this cup represent the plagues of Egypt, symbolizing the agony Jesus bore? His sweat fell like blood, foretelling the scourging, mockery, and ultimately, crucifixion he would endure.

As Jesus drank the cup of suffering, the veil of the temple tore, signifying access to God restored. His burial in a garden tomb marked the turning of a grave into a garden, fulfilling the prophecy of a seed buried to produce abundant fruit.

Revelation paints a picture of paradise restored, where a river of life flows from God's throne, and the tree of life offers healing to the nations. Through Jesus' death, atonement was made, Satan was defeated, death was conquered, and paradise became accessible once again.

On this Good Friday, we reflect on the magnitude of Jesus' sacrifice, which reverberates through history, offering hope and redemption. As we gather at Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville under the guidance of Pastor Allen Victor, may we embrace the profound significance of Christ's journey from the garden of Eden to Gethsemane and beyond.

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