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. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. John 19:41-42
It is interesting that near where they crucified and buried Christ, there was something so beautiful in a place deemed so tragic -a garden. Even with the death of our Savior, life still bloomed. This was a sign given to us by God that though he was crucified, we still had a hope. This garden is where Mary first came to find that Jesus had risen from the dead and was no longer in the tomb. This is where Mary met the angels and brought Jesus’s disciples to witness the miracle for themselves. This garden was an eyewitness to the biggest victory (over death) that man would ever see, read, or hear about in all of time.
Composer Charles Austin Miles wrote the hymn, “In the Garden”, in 1912 after he was asked to write a song that would comfort those who were sad. Miles thought about this and began thinking back to Mary in the Bible who first found Jesus’ empty tomb in the garden after His resurrection.
The words “I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear falling on my ear the Son of God discloses” was a word picture of the sweet thoughts Mary may have felt that day in the garden. This hymn is played at many funerals and reminds us that even in our darkest and saddest times “Jesus walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own.” What a wonderful reminder that no matter what you are going through, you are never alone and you belong. You belong to the most elite, royal, loving, kind, forgiving man to ever walk this earth – Jesus.
1.) When is the last time you felt alone?
2.) Do you ever pray and ask God to be with you so you do not feel this way?
3.) Thank the Lord today for making that supreme sacrifice!