I was spending some time reading through the Easter story, and I was struck by a couple of verses.
[quote author=”John 20:14-15″][Mary] turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”[/quote]
This got me thinking; is it just Mary’s floods of tears & grief at finding Jesus’ body wasn’t in his grave that caused her to not recognise Jesus, and just jumped to the conclusion that he was a gardener, or was it more than that? For John to have mentioned this, I wonder if there was something more significant in this detail.
In the Genesis creation story, God created the Garden of Eden for Adam & Eve to enjoy, making God the original gardener.
Jesus, on rising from the dead, signalled the beginning of a new creation, and was mistaken for a gardener by the first person who saw him.
What do you think – is there any significance in this detail, or is it just coincidence? Let me know your thoughts below.