Now, regarding the subject title. There is an unusual but very important use of gardens in Scripture. The Word is book-ended by Gardens. We begin the story of humanity in the Garden of Eden, where man becomes corrupt by eating the forbidden fruit. Because of the sins of Adam and Eve, humanity is brought sin and death. Yet, in Revelation, the finale of Scripture, the citizens of Heaven eat the fruit of the Tree of Life, which grows along the banks of the River of Life (Rev. 22:1-2). There is a change from death to life throughout the 66 books.
So the question is asked, what happened between the two gardens? What caused such a great change? And the answer lies in the Garden in the middle. The Garden of Gethsemane. In the Garden of Gethsemane we find Jesus Christ, the Son of God, praying “not my will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Christ went forth from this Garden and was beaten and bled for us, only to find death on a cross, under God the Father’s will, so that you and I could live in the Freedom of Christ. So that all that Adam & Eve brought to humanity could be soaked and cleansed in the purifying blood of Christ. So that we may live life abundantly. And so that we will one day be eating of the fruit of the Tree of Life as John so greatly describes in Revelation.
These three gardens are essential. They bring to us the knowledge of our depravity, the solution to ridding ourselves of said depravity and living this life with Christ as our Love and our Lord, and they bring the hope that one day we will be with Him for all eternity.
I am thankful for these gardens.