She Thought Jesus Was the Gardener

Mary Magdalene thought the resurrected Jesus was the gardener.  The Gardener, whose job is to raise up new growth from a lifeless seed.  The Gardener, whose job is to call forth new life out of the darkness of dirt. 

Perhaps Mary wasn’t wrong.  Perhaps she was seeing Jesus’ true identity. The Gardener of the original Garden, back in Eden, where harmony and peace prevailed. The Gardener of human hearts, the Giver of life itself.  The One who constantly sows and grows seeds of love and healing and wholeness. The One who calls forth Life from the dark dirt of death. Joy from the soil of sorrow.  Peace from the tomb of fear.  Hope from the hell of despair.

Mary Magdalene thought the resurrected Jesus was the Gardener, and so he is. The Gardener who tilled the darkness of death until resurrection life sprung from his grave. The Gardener who tends this broken, dying world, planting abundant seeds of love and joy, forgiveness and hope.  The Gardener who tends our dying souls and resurrects us into his new, eternal life in a renewed, eternal Garden.

“Look!  God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev 21:3-4, NIV)

2 thoughts on “She Thought Jesus Was the Gardener

  1. I love the image of Jesus, the Gardener, bringing life and love to our world today. Thanks for this great image!


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