“In the Garden, Adam was told, ‘Obey me about the tree – do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or you will die’… God said to Jesus, ‘Obey me about the tree’ – only this time the tree was a cross – ‘and you will die.’ And Jesus did.”
-Timothy Keller (King’s Cross pp. 11-13)
In the Garden of Eden, Adam stood before the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He chose to disobey God and eat of the latter tree. The result was death – spiritual death and eventual physical death for him and for all of humanity.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus figuratively stood before the tree of the cross and a tree of his own life. He chose to obey God and be nailed to the former tree . The result was his death, a temporary death, that resulted in the potential of life for all humanity. The tree of the cross – a tree of death – was turned into a tree of life.
“Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned… But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many…
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”
(Romans 5:12; 15; 17-19)