The Gardener

“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’” –John 20:15-16a

On John’s note that Mary supposed the resurrected Christ to be “the gardener,” Sinclair Ferguson and Alistair Begg wrote:

Adam was to ‘garden’ the whole earth, for the glory of the heavenly Father. But he failed. Created to make the dust fruitful he himself became part of the dust. The garden of Eden became the wilderness of this world. But do you also remember how John’s Gospel records what happened on the morning of Jesus’ resurrection? He was ‘the beginning [of the new creation], the firstborn from the dead.’  But Mary Magdalene did not recognize Him; instead, she spoke to him, ‘supposing him to be the gardener.’

The Gardner? Yes, indeed. He is the Gardener. He is the second Man, the last Adam, who is now beginning to restore the Garden. (Name Above All Names, pg. 34)

Ferguson and Begg are pointing out that the failure of Adam and the resulting curse upon creation happened in a garden. Now with the work of Christ, the Second Adam, the beginning of the new creation is also taking place in a garden. Christ bore the curse and was resurrected as the beginning of the new creation which will eventually result in Him making all things new (Rev. 21:5). Here is how two theologians summarized this truth:

In a garden Adam fell down into death; in a garden-tomb, Christ rose up from it. –Michael Reeves (Christ Our Life, pg. 32)

Just as the first Adam received life in the garden, so Jesus emerges as the last Adam in resurrection life out of the garden tomb. –Brandon Crowe (The Last Adam, pg. 195)

The resurrection changes everything! Indeed, without the resurrection we have no hope and could only be pitied (1 Cor. 15:17-19). G.K. Chesterton said it this way:

…the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away…What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn. (quoted in Christ Our Life, pg. 52)

Friends, the resurrection is true and gives us a hope that is unsinkable. Christ, the firstfruits, is the guarantee of the full harvest to come! (1 Cor. 15:20)

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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