And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day. (Genesis 3v8)
At this hot time of year, it's so refreshing to spend an evening in a cool green garden. A garden is an ideal environment for life. God is the original landscape gardener. He carefully planned and planted the garden called Eden, as a home for the first family - Adam and Eve. And in the "cool of the day" God would come down and spend time with Adam and Eve, until they disobeyed God and lost the privilege of his presence. Sin separated (and still separates) God's creatures from their creator.
(You can read Genesis 3 for the full narrative.) http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=gen%203;&version=50;
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, spent an evening in a garden too. His garden was called Gethsemane, filled with olive trees. There He submitted to His Father's will - knowing that He had to go to the cross and pay the awful penalty for sin.
(You can read Matthew 26 for the full narrative.) http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt%2026;&version=50;
The Lord Jesus Christ spent three days and three nights in a garden tomb, after His death on the cross. Then He was raised from the dead by the power of the Father.
(You can read John 20 for the full narrative.) http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=50&chapter=20&version=50;
God wants us to experience His garden-presence once again. And we can!
When we recognise our sins, and realise that He is the only one who can save us, we can have our sins forgiven, and enjoy peace with God.
And to such people, the Lord Jesus Himself promises they will be "with Me in paradise" - God's perfect garden in heaven.
This message was prepared by Jeremy Singer 17th July 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
There are a lot of people about who are very private and keep themselves to themselves. They would not trouble anyone with their problems and would not presume that anyone else is interested. Well I have news for anyone who is reading this who thinks like that. I know someone who is interested in you; his name is the Lord Jesus. He is recorded as saying in the Gospel of John - 'I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly'. The Bible also states that God 'is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance'.
So the Lord Jesus is interested in our lives as individuals. If you doubt that then read one of the four Gospels in the New Testament part of the Bible. The record says about Jesus that 'he went about doing good'. He spend his energy for three years bringing the blessing and forgiveness of God to the people he met. He healed them both physically and spiritually. By doing this he was proving that the God who can heal the body can save the soul.
Quietly where you are you can come to him by praying to him. We have all sinned against God and need his forgiveness. When we agree with God that we have disobeyed his commandments and ask for his forgiveness then he will save us.
Why and how you may ask? He can save us from his future punishment in Hell because his Son, Jesus died on the cross for our sins. The Bible says 'Christ died for the ungodly'. He died for you and I and can forgive us because he took the punishment for sin.
When you believe you will receive salvation - why not believe today. It works - he saved me and has been with me for forty years now.