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Garden to Garden


Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” -John 20:16-17

Prescription For Trying Times

Addison Hodges Hart reminds us that the statement from Jesus in which he refers to “my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” is the first time he refers to the Father as not just “my Father” in John’s Gospel. “With this statement to Mary “the expulsion from the garden of Eden in Genesis 3 is undone in the garden of the cross and tomb”. Jesus there commissions Mary to be the first of his followers to share this good news of His resurrection and redemption. And she does. May it be so with all of us.

Prayer For This Season

Our Father and our God,

We worship you on this day for restoring our union with you through your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. You have forgiven us much, as we have remembered through the necessary sacrifice of the crucifixion--and you have overcome sin and death through your resurrection! May we remain near you in grief as well as redemption, and may we share the good news of Jesus because we have met Him. Because He has discipled us, said our name,

and revealed Himself to us.

-Carrie Stockton, The Biola University Lenten Project



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