Paradise Lost and Found

Read Genesis 2,3

And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2.16-17)

“Our fall was, has always been, and always will be, that we aren’t satisfied in God and what He gives. We hunger for something more, something other.”Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.

When I was a boy, my Grandmother used to read me a Bible story book, complete with color pictures. I remember the Garden of Eden. The rich greens. The bright red of the apple. The glaring stare of the serpent. I would eagerly pluck the book off the shelf and quiet my heart to hear God’s Word in the voice of my grandmother.

Adam and Eve had it made. God had made them for each other. They were living in a beautiful garden with plenty of good food to eat. They were at peace with themselves, with their world and with God. They had everything. What could possible go wrong?

And then, the serpent. The most subtle and beguiling of all God’s creatures. The serpent entices Adam and Eve to disobey God. This act of disobedience severs their relationship with God. And this separation from God is passed one from one generation to the next.

The taste of original sin is on our lips. How can we wash it out? The first step toward knowing that we depend on God in Jesus Christ. The faithfulness of Jesus reverses the bitter curse we have inherited.

Adam and Eve were in a lush garden paradise. Christ was in the wilderness. Adam and Eve had all they could ever want to eat. Christ had fasted forty days and was very hungry. Adam and Eve gave into temptation and ate of the fruit. Christ resisted, and remained in communion with God.

Jesus Christ leads us home to the plush garden paradise God created for us. This is more than a children’s fairy tale. It is the Truth the leads us along the Way to Life.

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