Eden and Gethsemane—Two Gardens and Two Choices

Two gardens, Eden and Gethsemane, provided the settings for two choices that brought opposite results. The Bible wildly contrasts these choices.

Olive Trees in the Garden of Gethsemane

(Photo: The Garden of Gethsemane. Notice the city walls in the distance. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

In the Garden of Eden, Adam’s choice to commit sin had the potential of bringing condemnation to everyone. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ’s decision to die for sins provided potential justification to everyone (Romans 5:18).

Adam never would have eaten the fruit had he known the consequences to himself and to his race. But he couldn’t see the results.

All he had was God’s Word and its warning. That’s all we have as well.

Two Choices Then . . . and Now

I’ve never been to the Garden of Eden, but I have seen Gethsemane many times. I’ll never forget standing in the garden for the first time. A stunning insight occurred when I turned around and saw the walls of Jerusalem so close behind Gethsemane. Jesus easily could have seen the soldiers coming to arrest Him. In fact, He said, “Here comes my betrayer!” (Matthew 26:46).

He could see those who would lead Him to death approaching, but still He chose to stay in the garden out of obedience to the Father—and out of love for us.

Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane

(Photo: The Church of all Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane has a mosaic facade of Jesus praying)

Every day, we walk in the gardens of decision. The two choices in two gardens give us pause to consider our own decisions today:

  • Like Adam in the Garden of Eden, we can compromise God’s Word in favor of what we think or feel—and live with overwhelming regret. We don’t have to wonder if this will be our outcome. Adam has shown us it is so.
  • Like Jesus in Gethsemane, we can take God at His Word—even when it costs us dearly—knowing the Father makes the potential worth the sacrifice. Our choices can produce good beyond imagination.

The Far-Reaching Potential of Our Choices

When a man named Mordecai Ham shared the good news of Jesus to a young boy one day, he had no idea the good that would result. Not many people know Ham’s name, but through his simple faithfulness, God converted Billy Graham. And through Graham . . . millions.

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the apples in a seed. Only the Lord knows the staggering potential inside each decision we make.

I cannot continuously say no to this or no to that, unless there is something ten times more attractive to choose. —Henri Nouwen

We have to decide moment by moment to fight the good fight and choose the long-term benefits that faithfulness offers.

We have two gardens as proof that faithfulness is worth it.

Question: Why do you think there is such tension in our hearts over these two choices—when we know the outcomes? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • JFKAR

    That is a way cool photo of  the Garden of Gethsemane. Thanks for posting it!

    • Thanks for the mention. Yeah, BiblePlaces.com has the best pictures I’ve ever seen of Bible Lands.

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  • servant

    Both gardens had good times of love and fellowship with god
    Both gardens had bad times one Adam sined and got the boot
    The other Adam got betrayed beaten and crusified became sin for us and god put it on him and turned away but I tryed to find the lost kingdom garden of edan
    And relationship that was God’s heart glory and ware his creation and dust of the earth with his breath man and bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh eve his friends were suppose to subdue Satan and recover earth back to God !? Not eat so Jesus had to be betrayed to bring redemption and redeemed his creation making everything all better because the fall the punishment brought us peace and by his stripes were healed we have to make a choice to be born again redemption process will be compleat when he returns for his bride the body and church restoring the relationship with god and our kingdom first
    And blotting out Satan and evil and lies forever amen!.?restoring everything by hope in Jesus even our dreams and vishions we subdue shouting down the walls!.?p.s. bout with a price king of the jews

    • Wow, those are some super parallels and observations. Thanks for adding them in.

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  • Dougie Pooh

    Question: Why do you think there is such tension in our hearts over these two choices—when we know the outcomes? The question requests an opinion from the reader. That opinion can be based on what is read in this article or what is read in this article and combined with other teachings learned through the Comforter as is clearly understood from the teachings of the Bible. God shall have mercy upon whom He shall have mercy and by the Holy Comforter helping us to understand the Bible and its true teachings to understand God/Jesus who are the Holy Spirit (not a trinity). God, Elohim, Jehovah and the many other names of God, are uniplural… one that is made of many. Jesus is not a separate God but is God (John 1:1).

    We learn in Ezekial 28:12 that Satan was full of wisdom and perfect in beauty and we learn that he is the Master of Deception. The church is the elect to guide God’s children. But the wisdom of Satan makes him unbeatable (as in a game of chess) by mortal man. It is true, that we only have God’s word on many things and that since we are not all-knowing as only God is, we cannot know the outcome of any of our actions with certainty except by that which God has enlightened us to. But we can know two things with absolute certainty, 1. All things created by God was reviewed by God after He created them, and after His review, He found that “everything that He had made was very good” (Genesis 1:31). 2. With God, ALL things are possible (Matthew 19:26). This does not mean some things are not possible, but as the writings in the Bible are inspired by God, it literally means “ALL things are possible”. When one takes those words from Jesus, who is God Himself, and know they are true, when we read Matthew 24:24 that even the elect shall be deceived if it were possible, we know that indeed it is very possible.

    The answer therefore, to why there is so much tension in our hearts over these two choices is quite obvious. Because of the tension between our soul that wants to do what we know is right with God, and our flesh that wants to do what will gain pleasures. It is much like that which Paul wrote in Romans 7:15. But when we do fall weak in the flesh, it is not we who do it but the sin that dwells in us. Is seminal ejaculation a crime and brutal fornication as written in one article found on the web? Not if one understands that everything God created was determined by God to be very good, and also understands that all things were made by God and without God was not anything made that was made (John 1:3).

    Satan has been collecting souls for thousands of years, but how many more can he collect if he is able to deceive the elect and have the church teach that deception to its congregation? Now as we are often guided by the desires of our flesh, we can choose to believe in the Word of God (the Bible) or we can tear those pages out of our Bibles if we instead choose to believe the word of other men, who are so cunningly deceived, they are totally unaware they teach deception. Hopefully, they will still get their names into the Book of Life (Revelation 20:15), but don’t know how they will fare when they are judged out of those things written in the Books (of the Bible) by their works (Revelation 20:12) To God be the glory! Amen.

    • There’s a lot to think about in your thoughts here, Dougie. Thanks for thinking it through. Of course, God’s grace has no exceptions—and if one believes in Jesus, then he or she is saved forever. The challenge comes in growing to where waiting on God is worth more to us than instant gratification. That takes a lifetime.

      • Dougie Pooh

        Thank you for your thoughts. Yes believing in Jesus gets our name into that Book of Life, which gives us eternal life. But many miss the part that aside from eternal life in the Kingdom, we are still judged by the books that are opened. Many ask, if we have our names in the Book of Life and receive eternal life, what more is there to be judged for?

        Scripture show us the books (books of Bible) are opened and another book (other than the books of Bible) is opened, which is the Book of Life (Rev. 20:12). The Book of Life contents determine who will receive eternal life and then those are judged by their works, compared to what is written in the Books. Those who’s names are not in the Book of Life suffer the second death and there is no more judgement for them. What the judgement is for, is to determine who lived according to the teachings of the Books of the Bible the most. Then their position in the Kingdom is determined by this. Some will be great and some small. Jesus will be the head of the government but will need many others working under him and that is where this judgement comes into play. So many never even see this though it is very plainly there.

        • I find it fascinating that when the New Testament talks about God judging our motives, it uses the metaphor of a burnt house. Those acts we do that survive the scrutiny of judgment are likened to gold, silver, and costly stones—items that survive fire (1 Cor. 3:12-15). According the Apostle Paul, the “judgment Seat of Christ” will serve both to judge and reward the motives for our actions (2 Cor. 5:10).

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