Summary: Gardens are mentioned often in the Bible, and God has His Garden too. Christians are much like some flowers. Which flower are you like.
A Sermon For You
A Ministry of Huckaby’s Evangelism
God’s Flower Garden
By-Evangelist Gary Huckaby
Our text comes from
John 20: 1-16; The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
Mary supposing Him to be the gardener! She was not wrong in this assumption, for Jesus is the Creator of all the lovely flowers. He was the One who created the Garden of Eden for the first couple as seen in the book of,
Genesis 2: 8-10; And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
The Lord God is the creator of flowers, and in this message let us suppose that He likens people to flowers. Many people compare to flowers in their character of life.
(1) The Rose
Our first flower is the rose. It is found two times in Scripture.
First we see the rose in Song of Solomon 2:1; I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
The next time a rose is mentioned is in the book of Isaiah 35:1; The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
When I think of a rose, I think of the beautiful fragrance it gives. I think of it’s texture of each pedal, and the color of the flower. They come in many colors today, Red, yellow, white, and various other colors.
I know people who are similar to the rose, they have a beautiful fragrance, beautiful color and wonderful in texture, but like the rose they have thorns on their stems.
Many Christians are like a rose in this aspect too. They may look spiritual, smell spiritual, but at the stem they too have thorns. I have known people who seemed to be Spirit filled Christians who later showed their thorns. They were not the spiritual Christian as I first thought.
Another ting about roses is that they wilt under great heat. The hot sun of summer will cause them to droop and eventually fall to the ground. Does this remind you of any Christians you have met?
(2) The John Quill or Buttercups
James 1:10; But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
Isaiah 40:6-8; The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.