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Events that Changed Everything

Genesis 2-3, Matthew 26:41-44, Revelation 22:1-4

1. The Garden of Eden and the First Adam

Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. 9 The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches. Gen 2:8-10

a. The Garden of Eden – a place of fellowship with God. But the Lord God warned him,

“You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Gen 2:16-17.

Eve saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. Genesis 3:6-7

b. The Garden of Eden – a place of disobedience

2. The Garden of Gethsemane and the Second Adam

He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Matthew 26:41 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. Matthew 26:42-43

So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Matthew 26:44

a. Parallels between the first Adam and the second Adam,

b. The Second Adam – sinless

“The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, where he was tempted by Satan for forty days.” Mark 1:12-13.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15

Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19

c. The Second Adam – supplier of life to the human race

So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. 1 Corinthians 15:21-22

3. Heavenly Garden

Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. Revelation 22:1-2

A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. Psalm 46:4

a. Heavenly Garden – the Tree of Life

After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. . . . to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:23-24

No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. Revelation 22:3

b. Heavenly Garden – sinless living

And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads Revelation 22:4

c. Heavenly Garden – seeing the face of God.

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his. Psalm 27:4

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