Recently, I heard a great sermon about the four gardens in the Bible:
1. The Garden of Goodness (Eden)
It was a beautiful garden, with “trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food” (Genesis 2:90). But Adam and Eve distrusted God’s goodness and effectively said to God, “not your will but mine be done.”
2. The Garden of Suffering (Gethsemane)
“Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it” (John 18:1), and the name of the garden was “Gethsemane” (Matthew 26:36) which means “oil press.” In the garden, Jesus began to feel the weight of our sin pressing upon him. But Jesus prayed, “not my will but yours be done.”
3. The Garden of Hope (Resurrection)
“At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid” (John 19:41). The following morning the angel told the women, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said” (Matthew 28:6).
4. The Garden of Promise (Heaven)
“On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse” (Revelation 22:2-3). “He comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found” (George F. Handel).