The Lord seems to love patterns, and order, and what I call “bookends.” Bookends are ideas, teachings, people, places, etc… that are set up in such a way to show God’s plan, and to communicate important ideas to us. Certain things just “seem to work out” in order to convey to us important truths and also, as always, to point us to God. The bookends I’m interested in today are the two Adams; Adam and Jesus, the first Adam, and the Last Adam, and also the two gardens; the Garden of Eden, and the Garden of Gethsemane.
In the beginning we have Adam. Adam was given charge over the earth, and placed in the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden is where we witness the first act of putting our own wills, the human will, over the will of God, and we witness the outcome of committing that sin. The first Adam, in the Garden, had a chance to follow God’s will, he had the chance to faithe in God and to trust that when God tells us His will on a matter, we’d better listen.
Adam was told not to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. He did it anyway. The world was affected by his lack of faith in God.
In the beginning we have The Word. The Word became flesh and came and dwelt with us; Jesus is His name. We have a variety of scripture recording Jesus’ faith, and His following of the will of His Father. However, the clearest picture we have, the clearest model we have for the Faith of Jesus, is what occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus is talking with His Father, and asks that if there is any other way of completing His mission of saving us and restoring the universe to it’s proper state, that His Father would take away the cup of what was to come. And then He gave us the clearest picture of what Adam should have said, but didn’t, “not My will, but Thine.”
Jesus came here to give all for us; to fix our mess that started in Eden. In the Gethsemane we witness a decision to follow the will of The Father, no matter what, the world was also affected by that decision. Perfect faith in God.
2 Adams, 2 Gardens, 2 choices. We can choose to be as Adam in Eden and have a lack of faith in God. Or, we can choose to be as Jesus in Gethsemane and put our faith in God. The choice is ours, and the outcomes are serious depending on which role model we choose. As for me, Gethsemane is not an easy place to be, faith isn’t easy…but it’s worth it.