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Communion Meditations (2013)



Originally scheduled for September 8

Have you ever noticed that human beings are absolutely addicted to gardens? If you take a look at a typical suburban home, you’ll find that it is fairly well landscaped. Some people are absolutely addicted to gardening, and their houses are showcases. Others of us are a little more casual about it; if we can keep the grass growing in a green color, that is sufficient. But most of us do appreciate the sense of living in a garden.

Those who rent office space are well aware of this. If you notice, the more expensive a building is, the more likely it is to have very creative gardening. The cheap building is content with the lawn, or perhaps one or two palm trees at the entrance. The expensive building will have exotic greenery and places for people to sit down and eat their lunch.

It seems we like living and working in the garden. It may be because of the common stress of our time; gardens are soothing places. It may simply be that we take pleasure in a well ordered bit of greenery. Who can really say?

We find gardens in the Scripture; in particular, there are two which are very prominent.

·         The Garden of Eden is the first. We still use the phrase today to describe a paradise. It was a place which was pure and had no sin — until we introduced it. The garden of paradise can contain no sinners.

·         The Garden of Gethsemane is the other. It is a garden of this sinful world, but like many such gardens it is a place of comfort. If we left Eden because of our sin, Christ entered Gethsemane for the same reason.

Christ went to Gethsemane to pray. It would seem the gardens are somehow connected with our deepest needs.

In the scene in the garden of Gethsemane we see Christ as he prepares to be our sacrifice on the cross. In some ways this is very comforting to us because it shows us that Christ is human, as we are. He is human because he sought out the comfort of the garden in the night of his greatest need.

He is human also because of his prayer; he asked his Father that the agony before him might not arrive in that he be relieved of it. He prayed, “let this cup pass from me.” I think most of us would ask the same thing.

He is human because he sought comfort and courage, and did so in a place where he thought he would best be heard by the Father — in a garden.

We are often encouraged to remember the suffering and agony of Christ. Much of that suffering was in anticipation of the next day’s events. So I will ask you to remember the agony of the night before the crucifixion suffered in the midst of the beauty of the garden. We may see the comfort that God gives to those who suffer in the fact that Christ suffered beginning in the garden. When you partake today, remember that God does limit your suffering and grant you comfort, just as he did for Christ in the garden.

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