Devotion for May 14, 2017

 

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Meditation for the Week of May 14, 2017

 

 

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

                                                                                                               -Revelation 22:1-2

 

                                      

I am writing this only a few hours after my wife and I began planning our garden.  We had planted some rose bushes, evergreens, and some other flowering plants in the front last fall; now we are planning on planting some garlic, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.

There’s something about a garden that stirs up the human spirit.  Whether it’s the beauty of a flower garden, the majesty of greenery, or the satisfaction of eating a vegetable you grew yourself, gardening is something that connects deeply with human beings.

I believe this is the case because we all find our common ancestry in a garden—the Garden of Eden.  There, God planted a lush garden, complete with greenery, fruits, vegetables, and flowers.  Adam and Eve were assigned the pleasant work of tending the garden, enjoying its beauty, and tending its fruit.  The garden’s crown jewel was the Tree of Life—granting life and vitality to whomever ate of it.

Yet, through our first parents’ sin, they were excluded from the Garden of Eden.  No more would they see its beauty, eat its fruit, and receive the blessings of the Tree of Life.  Through their sin, they have lost the blessing of the Garden; through our sin, we also lose our claim on these Garden blessings.

Yet, notice how heaven is described in this section of Revelation:  a flowing water of life, watering the Tree of Life!  Eden is restored!  We are welcomed back into the garden!  We are again privileged to dwell there, eat of its fruit, and bask in its beauty.

This is our gift through Jesus.  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!  And through his resurrection, Jesus frees us from the bondage of sin and all of its consequences.  The original sin of Adam and Eve is forgiven through Jesus and their place in the garden is restored.  The same happens for us as our sins are forgiven and we receive the garden inheritance of our first parents.

The Garden of Eden is a most blessed gift to you, but the greatest blessing of heaven is not the Tree of Life, but the eternal presence of Jesus who grants these things to us.

 

                                                                                                                                    

Our Weekly Prayer

 

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

 

Almighty, everlasting God, Your Son has assured forgiveness of sins and deliverance from eternal death.  Strengthen us by Your Holy Spirit that our faith in Christ may increase daily and that we may hold fast to the hope that on the Last Day we shall be raised in glory to eternal life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

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