Read 1 Corinthians 15:22
22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. (NLT)
Human destiny has been decided in two gardens. In one garden, the Garden of Eden, one man decided to do things his way rather than God’s way. He asserted his independence from God, believing he knew best how to live life. God wasn’t going to push him around, especially if it meant depriving him of some pleasures: like eating tasty fruit.
As a result of this man Adam’s defiance of God, we all end up by nature estranged from God. We live our allotted life span and then anything that resembles true life comes to an end. His decision to disobey God led to devastating consequences in this life and what happens after this life on earth.
But in another garden, the Garden of Gethsemane, one man decided to do things God’s way. He didn’t go for the easy way out or figure that he knew better. He didn’t act out of self-interest. He accepted God’s way was best even if it wasn’t attractive or easy.
As a result of Jesus’ obedience to God, we are offered a way back to God from our estrangement. We can share in his sort of life to a degree now, and are promised a share in his life that never ends after we die.
By nature, we all inherit the consequences of what happened in the Garden of Eden. By choice, we may embrace the consequences of what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane.