When I first devised the biblical format for Christian Emotional Healing I was instantly drawn to The Garden of Eden. Utilising visualisation is an important part of the Cognitive Therapy process to reinforce positive changes. As a Therapist I love being creative with myclients as we explore the creation of the very first garden.
The following reflection is based on what the Holy Spirit has been recently showing me. There is such an abundance of New Testament scripture comparing Jesus/Jesus’s word to seed,vines,trees,and so many more descriptions of nature, it was no accident that Mary mistook Jesus for the gardener!
The First Garden
How lovely and unblemished was the Garden of Eden. God was able to walk with Adam and Eve enjoying one to one communication before disobedience marred and tainted the idyllic setting. Had they tasted from the Tree of Life in the middle of the garden they would have never known mortal or spiritual death. Satan knew though knowledge would offer them a far more tempting delight. The idea of being independent of God but having the same abilities was a powerful persuader to boost their egos.
The Second Garden
Unlike the joy of the first garden the Garden of Gethsemane is a reflective and sorrowful place. Replacing Eden’s initial disobedience with obedience, Jesus on Calvary became the Tree of Life to restore history. It wasn’t a coincidence his cross was in the middle, just as the Tree of Life was in the middle of the original garden.
In this garden we see opposite parallels of the first, God severs communication with his son because of his obedience. “ The first man Adam became a living being, the last Adam became a life-giving spirit” 1 Cor 15 vs 45