Friday, March 29, 2013

Hope – In the Savior

From the first few chapters of Genesis, we learn of our need for a Savior. The first family, Adam and Eve were placed in the garden of God. In this perfect sinless environment, God walked with them and gave them the ground rules of freedom and relationship with Him. They were allowed anything but to taste the fruit from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Good was all that was known in the garden, but Eve discovered deception came through one that was trusted outside of God. We have to remember there was nothing harmful in the garden. There was no vicious animals, no death or disease, poisonous plants or animals. Nothing at that time could possibly harmed them except disobedience to God's instruction. It was a time of testing for Adam and Eve.

Sin entered humanity through not trusting God's instructions, believing that somehow God was not being forthcoming about this Evil thing. The simple truth is God is Good and He didn't not want His children to know evil because evil is not good.

So begins the legacy of death, separation, destruction and enmity between people and the rest of creation. Plants and animals became wild, vicious and poisonous. What began in perfection disintegrate into chaos. Separation is not what God wanted. He created us for relationship, so in handing down the chastening of Adam and Eve, He also promise a savior for humanity. That promise was fulfilled through Jesus Christ!

God Almighty intricately planned the arrival of the Savior. He strategically chose a specific family line and insured the fulfillment through covenants and specific promises. Those He chose to declare His Word and carry out His plan were very special people. Although they were not sinless, they were faithful and honored God with their life. Through countless generations the Lord waited for the day when Jesus would be born.

The Holy Bible is a tale of Holy God's love for humanity. How He suffered long for those He loves because He wanted to bless us and shower us with His goodness. A restoration of the garden is the plan and the Hope of the future.

“How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bring us to himself through Jesus Christ and this gave Him great pleasure” Ephesians 1:3-5

How awesome is that!!! How we praise God!!! Amen!!!! Hallelujah!!!

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