cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane,
and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and
pray yonder.Matthew 26:36
When we read
that our Lord entered the garden outside Jerusalem called
Gethsemane we are immediately reminded of another garden,
the Garden of Eden.
between the two are indeed striking!
was delightful and perfect; Gethsemane was
dark and foreboding.
- In Eden
Adam and Even spoke with the enemy, Satan; in
Gethsemane Jesus sought his Father in prayer.
- It was
in Eden that Adam sinned; it was in
Gethsemane that Jesus agonized over the
suffering for that sin.
was the scene of Adams fall; our Lord
stood forth when they came for him in
conflict of Eden took place in the daytime;
Gethsemanes conflict occurred at night.
Eden, Adam fell before Satan; in Gethsemane
the soldiers fell before Christ.
race that was to come from Adam was lost in
Eden; in Gethsemane Christ lost none of them
which God had given him.
took the proffered fruit from Eve in Eden; it
was in Gethsemane where Christ received the
cup from the Fathers hand.
hid himself from God in Eden; in Gethsemane
Christ boldly showed himself.
- It was
in Eden where God sought Adam; in was in
Gethsemane where Christ sought God.
drove Adam out from Eden; the soldiers led
Christ forth from Gethsemane.
sword was drawn to block Adam from life in
Eden; in Gethsemane the sword was sheathed to
open the way to life in Christ.
so wonderfully shown in Scripture, are a picture of the
first and the last Adam. They show failure and triumph.
We were dead in Adam; we are now alive in Christ.