HE ARRANGED FOR me to meet him in one of the school’s gardens of fruit trees. I found him there wearing a large straw hat for shade and working the soil with a farming implement.
He laid down the implement, sat down on one of the garden’s low stone walls, and motioned for me to join him. So I did.
“In the beginning,” said the teacher, “God created man in His own image. And where was man?”
“In a garden.”
“And what was man?” He waited for a response, but I couldn’t think of any. “He was a gardener. God placed the man in Eden to till and keep the garden. Man was a gardener. So what would that mean?” Again, I didn’t know how to answer the question.
“Man,” said the teacher, “was created in the image of God. And man was created specifically to be a gardener. Therefore . . .”
“God is a gardener?”
“But how?” I asked. “What’s His garden?”
“The creation is His garden. He keeps it, He tends it, and He sows into it His seed . . . He sows into the creation His Word, and into His garden His life . . . that it might bear its fruit. But the garden didn’t bear its fruit.”
“Meaning,” I said, “the creation never brought forth the life it was meant to bear?”
“Yes. So the Gardener came into the garden, that the garden might bear its fruit.”
“God came into His creation that the creation might bring forth life.”
“And when the creation bore the firstfruits of new life, when He first appeared outside the tomb, in what form did He appear? What was He mistaken for?”
“And what kind of tomb was it that bore the firstfruits?”
“A garden tomb.”
“He is the Gardener . . .”
“And we are His garden.”
“So let the Gardener come into His garden. Let Him till its soil, sow its seed, and bring forth its new life. For every garden that is touched by the Gardener will bear the fruit it was meant to bear.”
The Mission: Today, let the Gardener come into His garden, to every part of your life, especially the untouched soil, that every part would bear its fruit.
Genesis 1:29; 2:15; Song of Solomon 4:16; 5:1; 6:2; John 20:13–20
GOD IN THE IMAGE OF MAN
ON THE DAY of His death,” said the teacher, “Messiah was arrested, beaten, bound, scourged, abused, mocked, humiliated, degraded, stripped naked, nailed to a cross, put on display as a blasphemer and a criminal, cursed, judged guilty, and condemned to death. It all happened on Friday, the sixth day. It was on the sixth day that God made man in His own image. Now it was again the sixth day. And it all happened in reverse.”
“What do you mean, ‘in reverse’?”
“On the sixth day God made man in His image. So on the sixth day . . . man made God in his image.”
“On the sixth day, the day of man’s creation, God caused man to bear the image of God, an image of glory and perfection. So on the sixth day, the day of man’s redemption, man caused God to bear the image of fallen man, as one who had fallen, as one found guilty, and as one cast out. All that was the image of man’s fall. So God was judged as a blasphemer because blasphemy was the sin of man. Man passed judgment on God, because man himself was under judgment. As God had made man in the image of God’s glory, man now made God in the image of man’s guilt and degradation.
As God had made Adam in His image, it was now Adam making God in the image of Adam, as one who had transgressed, under judgment and condemned to death, cursed, and separated from God. When you look at the cross, you are beholding God in the image of man.”
“Why did God allow Himself to be so abused and degraded?”
“God allowed Himself to bear the image of man, that man might again be allowed to bear the image of God. God allowed Himself to bear the image of fallen man, that man might bear the image of the risen God.
So make it your aim that your life would become a reflection of His life, your nature a reflection of His nature, your works a reflection of His works, and your heart a reflection of His heart. Allow Him to make you and form you into His image. For God bore your image in His death, that you, in your life, could bear the image of God.”
The Mission: Messiah, in His death, took upon Himself your image. Now take upon yourself His image. Live today in the image and nature of God.
Genesis 1:26–27; Matthew 27:27–37; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13
The Sixth Day Revelation Mystery
Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l
The Beginning and the End by John David Harwood
When I think about the words of Christ and what He so clearly outlined in the gospels, I continue to find closure to every question that I have ever had in the past. I find that the truth of the spirit reveals all, and that everything that Christ suffered, he suffered in order that he could understand man. He was tested and persevered through the faith that He had in the Father. Christ was the son of man who was able to find truth and understanding through his experiences while on earth. Everything that he experienced was for a reason. The time of testing was essential to His understanding.
The heart of man and the sin that exists in the world. The testing of Jesus while in the wilderness was essential to Him having full comprehension of God’s reason for sending Him as a sacrifice for our sin. He suffered and persevered in order to save those that had and have never come to know the Lord. By knowing that He was at all times suffering for our sin, He was able to endure, even unto death. He knew that man would hate everything that He stood for and that Satan would deceive many. In the deception, He would be hung on a cross and then in the end, God would demonstrate His everlasting power through the resurrection of His only begotten son. This is where we see that no matter how much deception goes on, God will always prevail in our time of need. He is the alpha and the omega (the beginning and the end).
Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, “That Thou Mightiest Be Justified in Thy Words, And Mightiest Prevail When Thou Art Judged… And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just. What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin, as it written, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside together they have become useless; There is none who does good, there is not even one. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asps is under their lips; Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, that every mouth nay be closed, and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
Romans 3:1–4, 8–20
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. But He answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you my friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you. This I command you, that you love one another.
These things I have spoken to you, that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts form the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. And these things they will do, because they have not known the Father, or Me. But these things I have spoken to you, that when their hour comes, that you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.
And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all his prophets, that His Christ should suffer, He has thus fulf illed. Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, who heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.