JESUS – THE GARDENER .
George Methodist Church
Have you ever wondered about this and how Jesus chooses to show his resurrected self. As we look at it, there may be a deeper message as Jesus who is God reconnects the broken relationship which happened in the garden of Eden at the fall in the Garden of Gethsemane (oil press garden). He establishes a bond again and is determined to do it through his followers and not as a massive sky show or magical celebration on the steps of the temple.
Peter follows him and as bold as he always is puts his head in and sees the folded grave clothes (and by the way if we have to believe that the body was stolen, I don’t know of many thieves who would bother to fold the grave clothes), but he has no response. I can imagine that he is a bit bewildered not to see Jesus there and is probably wondering who had taken him.
John , however, looks and remembers the words of Jesus and believes that he has risen from the dead. At this point again, if I was Jesus I would have been pretty keen to show myself, but he doesn’t – he sits quietly in the garden watching them go by.
Jesus then simply does one of the greatest miracles of all – He reveals himself and reinstates all of humankind through one word – MARY – AND SHE RESPONDS BY SEEING AND BELIEVING AND WORSHIPPING– RABBONI – TEACHER.
She declares that they are in relationship and WORSHIPS HIM – the power of this moment is God in every way bringing our attention back to the broken relationship in the Garden of Eden and now the restored relationship in the Garden of Gethsemane.
4. YOU AND ME,
Are we going to be like Peter who is in such a hurry that he misses the very moment, or even like John who believed yes, but didn’t then wait with a weeping Mary, or are we going to find opportunities to quieten ourselves down and watch as our God and king comes quietly to us (maybe in our gardens) and whispers again – I have reinstated you. Mat 6:6 “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. Mat 11:29 Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.