God must really like gardens, because they find great importance in His sacred story. On the night He was betrayed, Jesus agonized over His coming death, to the point of sweating drops of blood, in the Garden of Gethsemane. You will, of course, remember that it all got started for the human family in the Garden of Eden, where our first two parents were placed to care for and have dominion over their new home.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it . . . Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:15, 22)
The paradise of the Garden of Eden was our first home. But that quickly changed when Adam and Eve turned toward the serpent and away from God. But God did not leave them to wallow in their dreadful rebellion. He pursued those “rebels without a cause” and promised to send His Savior to save them from their sins. And in His grand salvation project, God has promised something very special for all His people:
You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
Here is a garden better than the Garden of Eden! Here is a “Gospel-Garden,” where the water never runs dry. In other words, God will forever be on the throne of our lives; sin and death will be no more. To be like a well-watered garden is to be full of the life that can only come from the truths of the Gospel. We are liberated to live lives of freedom, joy, and faithfulness to Jesus, because we live under the banner of His finished work.
John recorded that “Jesus . . . said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him’” (John 7:37-39). To be a well-watered garden is to be saturated with the super-abundant blessings that flow freely from the Spirit of God. And they will flow forever.
- The blessing of total forgiveness
- The blessing of unconditional love
- The blessing of unbroken fellowship with God
- The blessing of complete approval
- The blessing of unimaginable joy
- The blessing of unmerited favor
Jesus is the Gospel-Gardner and we are His Gospel-garden. Nothing can ever come between us (Romans 8:38-39). Our sins—past, present, or future—cannot separate the Gospel-garden from our Gospel-Gardner. Neither Satan nor his demons can separate the Gospel-garden from our Gospel-Gardner. Not even death can separate the Gospel-garden from our Gospel-Gardner.
The Gospel-Gardner has promised to complete the good work He has begun in us (Philippians 1:6), and what He has promised He will do. “For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” (Isaiah 14:27).
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!