Today's verses are John 18:1,2: "When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.  Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples." My child, I had now completed my high priestly prayer in chapters 14-17 in John's gospel about me.  It was now time for me to face the one who betrayed me, Judas, and to be arrested and crucified.

Judas knew of this place.  I'd come here before with my disciples to give them some of my most profound teachings.  My "Mount Olivet Discourse," teachings about my second coming, all occurred here.

My disciples and I crossed over the Kidron Valley, on the east side of Jerusalem, that separated the holy city from the Mount of Olives.  The "garden" mentioned here is the orchard of "Gethsemane," which is on the Mount of Olives.  The term "Gethsemane" means "oil press," indicating a garden area on the Mount of Olives where olive oil was made.

There is great symbolism here.  As an olive was crushed under great weight to produce the pure oil that gave life to many in this area of the world, similarly, in this place, I was to be crushed under the weight of my Father in heaven's call upon my life.  But the purpose of being crushed was to give to the world the gift of eternal life for all those who believed in me.

My child, today I want you to understand a beautiful way that the Scripture is unified.  You were lost in a garden called Eden.  Long ago, the first two created people, Adam and Eve, rebelled against my Father's authority and introduced sin into the world.  Because of one man's rebellion, every part of my Father's once-perfect created order is fallen.  All creation misses the mark of what my Father in heaven intended it to be.  Also, all of Adam's progeny, all humans for all times, are conceived with a bent toward rebellion against my Father and selfishness in their souls.  At the moment of Adam's sin, you needed a Savior.

That's why I came.  And as you were lost in a garden, notice you were saved in a garden.  You were lost in Eden.  You were saved in Gethsemane.  In the Garden of Gethsemane, I asked my Father for another way than the cross. With great agony, I wrestled with him for another way salvation could be accomplished.  But he showed me again that the cross was his will for my life and yours.  When I said to him, "Not my will but yours," your eternal salvation was secured.  My victory over sin and death happened.

My child, please understand today the significance of Eden and Gethsemane.  They are the book-ends of the Bible...and your life.  Remember the significance of your sin in Eden.  That's why you needed me to come.  Remember the significance of my victory over sin in Gethsemane.  That's why I needed to come to earth.

Through the cross you are now a new creation.  I love you more than you'll ever know.

You can trust me today.