Jason Upton – The Garden Song
At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb
What a paradox of imagery.
The same is the call of light in a world of darkness. But don’t make the mistake of misunderstanding the paradox of the imagery… We might think then only of externals and leave from here believing that the garden beautified the scene of death into something pleasant.
But it is actually the symbol of Christ’s death here that brings about the beautiful life displayed in the garden.
The Lord Jesus said:
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
And therein lies the paradox of what it really takes to advance the Kingdom of God:
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross *daily* and follow me”
The cross is an instrument of death and a symbol of our devotion to follow Christ even unto the denial of our own priorities and self.
That means it may interfere with your wedding plans this year…
It may get in the way of your weekly hockey game…
It may occur at the same time as your favourite TV show…
It may require the sacrifice of your free time…
It may cost you the nest egg you’ve been saving up…
It may come at the cost of your reputation with friends – to renounce all things, and follow the one who calls you to eternal life!
But the cost is as nothing in light of the sweet victory and beautiful hope that is yours in Christ Jesus, that transcends anything which fading worldly pleasure could ever possibly offer…
Eternal Life in the presence of the Perfecter of Love, Peace, & Joy unending!
So, are you ready to build a garden?
Trust ♔ Jesus!