God’s plan for garden restoration did not die on a hill outside of Jerusalem.
My hope is in a resurrected Jesus—not a crucified Jesus. My Jesus walks through walls.
In graduate school, I received a C-grade on a research paper where I put forth the thesis of Jesus resurrection being more significant than the act on the cross. Obviously, my professor didn’t agree. My rationale was if Jesus did not rise to life, then why should anyone believe in what happened on a hill since Jesus was one of many thousands killed by crucifixion.
God wants me to know his son is eternal and I can experience new and eternal life through my trust in Jesus.
Multiple witnesses saw the resurrected Jesus over forty days after the time angels sat at the open garden tomb. When Jesus returned to life, the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
After his resurrection, I encounter Jesus in the Gospels as he walks through walls of locked meeting rooms to appear before and with his disciples. He lets them touch his wounds and eats while among them so they will know he is not a ghost or a figment of their imaginations.
When he restores the Apostle who cursed and denied him three times, he does so on the occasion of eating fish prepared over hot wood coals on a beach at the Sea of Galilee.
Unlike the resurrected bodies of the holy people raised to life with him, Jesus ascended to heaven before the eyes of many witness. He was alive and never again would he experience death.
Because he lives in a new body that can walk through walls—and through the act of his ascension—and belief of his promises, the restored garden is now in site. I too have the assurance of a new body that will live eternally with him in the garden.
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