Yet, I am so thankful there was another garden called Gethsemane. It was there Jesus went in deep despair and prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will but as thou wilt.” In His anxiety, knowing how cruelly He would be treated, Jesus was still willing to be placed on a cross and let nails be hammered into His hands for me.
This Easter, I praise God and think Him for giving me salvation through grace as I remember the importance of two other gardens in history.
The Garden of Eden vs. Gethsemane
The Garden ...
All, green and lush.
Cheerful sounds of a chirping thrush-
All was beautiful and nice.
The soul was grieved,
Despair filled the heart.
Father and Son were to be torn apart-
Suffering and pain to be received.
Freedom to end,
Sin would be unfurled.
Suffering and fear was to enter the world;
Man and woman would sin and offend.
Freedom was to begin.
No one understood
The Man who had done earthy good;
Nails would soon pierce His skin.
The serpent simmering in deception;
Knowledge a preconception;
Man found sin overrated.
Men slept; tears were wept in this place-
A betrayal was finished!
God's plan was not diminished;
The kiss of death, the beginning of Grace.
Mary Nell Jameson 4/17/14