Today is Easter. It is the day that the world commemorates the most important historic day for all humanity.  Jesus is resurrected from the dead. 

Jesus died on the cross to pay for the sins of all. That was Good Friday.  Death was the penalty for sin and thus that is the price that He paid.  Only He could have done so as the very Son of God that He is. 

He was perfect, without sin.  That made Him the sacrifice that would satisfy the holy and judicious standard of God.  It was horrible, painful but such is the nature of His amazing love for all of us.

John 20 captures the moment when Mary was reunited with Jesus after His resurrection.  It took place in the garden where Jesus’ tomb was located.  A simple word from Him and she recognized her Savior.

Mary’s grief blocked out all possibilities of hope.  She was torn and mourning the loss of her Lord.  But, in the tenderness of a moment He spoke her name and everything changed for her.

This poignant episode was what inspired Austin Miles in 1912 to write the words to the classic hymn “In the Garden.”  For me personally, this hymn holds a great deal of my hope.  My late father was so touched by the lyrics that he memorized them.  Maybe it was the portal of grace through which he made the gospel personally his by faith.  I can only hope.

In The Garden

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.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

Words: Charles Austin Miles (1912)

Do you know Him?  Accept Him as your personal Savior.  He loves you.  Come to the garden and hear Him call your name.

photo credit: brucefong photography – olive garden between Bethany and Jerusalem