Ralph's Daily Devotional - Tuesday, March 27

Matthew 26:36-46 describes Jesus' agony and anguish in this garden.  I like to parallel this to the garden of Eden because here we see two very different places: one of beauty and pleasure, the other of darkness and struggle.  We learn here that God enters into our human struggles.  He not only suffered but overcame.  He was not simply a victim of sin but a victor over it.

In Greek mythology, the gods often become human.  Many entered the world as lords to be waited on.  Some  willfully, such as Hercules, lost their godhood by desiring to become human.  But none have ever gone through such a crisis as Matthew depicts.  Jesus lost neither His humanity nor His deity.  It is His sense of purpose, and not just His sense of power, that sustained Him in this garden event in which all humanity lied in the balance of His decision.  Phillipians 2:5-11 tells the story eloquently.

Gardens can be places of beauty, revealing God's glory, or tragedy, revealing God's judgment.  Eden was the place for both, in the glory of creation as well as the origin of sin.  Here in this garden we also see this displayed.  Jesus was the glory of God, soon to become sin for us.  There is a battle and tension here none of us will every fully grasp.  Only those with eyes of faith can see and understand both working for the good of God's great purpose for the world in Jesus Christ.

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