Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. John 19:41
For centuries, people have tried to disguise the effects of death by creating gardens around it. A vivid example in America is California’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Hubert Eaton planned it in the early 1900s. He was a firm believer in life after death, and he designed the cemetery to be filled with “towering trees, sweeping lawns, splashing fountains, beautiful statuary, cheerful flowers, [and] noble memorial architecture.” He began the tradition of “Memorial Gardens” rather than simply graveyards.
That’s okay with us. For believers in Christ, it seems fitting to be buried in a garden. Our Lord was buried in a garden—and from a garden He arose.
The ruin of the world occurred in a garden of life, and the redemption of the world occurred in a garden of death, which became a place of resurrection! Whenever you see a beautiful garden, think of the Resurrection. Christ the Lord has risen, and so shall we!
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light, as the angels announce Christ is risen! Stuart Townsend
John 19:23-42 – Skip Heitzig
Jesus suffered a gruesome death on the cross. Not only that, but the majority of his followers abandoned Him in His greatest hour of need. In this message we examine the Roman practice of crucifixion, and what Jesus must have felt as He paid the atoning sacrifice to save us from our sins.
This teaching is from our series 43 John – 2016 with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.