Main Point:

Into the tomb a seed was planted and out of the tomb a garden burst forth

The Garden Tomb

John 19:41 ESV

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.”

Life begins when it is still dark

John 20: 1 ESV

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”

Mary meets the gardener

John 20:11-15 NLT
Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.  She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

Graves into Gardens

John 12:23-25 NLT- following the scene at Mary and Martha’s house that we looked at last week

Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory.  I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.

Mary sees the LORD

John 20:16-18 NLT
“Mary!” Jesus said.

She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.

New Life grows out of the Garden Tomb

2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”