When God created the whole universe, everything was perfect. He placed the Earth in just the right position to sustain life. He moulded the mountains, He perfected the sky and the sea, He put plants and animals to live amongst each other, and He created human in His own image to protect and nurture His creation. God left Adam one command before He created Eve.
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
Adam and Eve lived a happy life in the garden of Eden, enjoying the presence of God. Until Eve was deceived, and eventually led to the downfall of mankind.
Eve ate the exact fruit God instructed them not to eat when the serpent deceived her.
Truth is, the fruit itself isn’t what started sin, but it is the disobedience of Adam and Eve.
Sin corrupted their hearts. Ever since then, mankind wickedly sought for ways to dishonor God. We earnestly find ways to hurt and disappoint God. Sin and brokenness became our nature. But God is merciful.
God is the most powerful being. The moment sin corrupted our hearts, He knew it. He could have struck Adam and Eve that moment, but He did not. He could have killed them instantly and just made another set of humans, but he did not. Instead, He showed mercy. He let them live their lives. But the worst thing that happened was Adam and Eve was banished from the presence of God. This curse was passed on up until this generation, and for the generations to come.
But God gave a solution. Through Moses, Abraham, David, Solomon, Elijah, and many more. He used these people to show how powerful and real He is. He gave the people through Moses His laws, in order for the people to be reconciled to Him. The problem is, not everyone complied. The people still turned their backs from Him. Mankind, due to the brokenness of their spirit, still disappointed God. Until God made a choice so great that it can save humanity from its doom.
He sent His son, Jesus Christ.
Heaven sent grace.
God’s deepest desire is reconciliation to mankind. When you read the Bible, it is basically the story of God trying to restore His relationship with His most precious, most loved creation. Meanwhile, the natural desire of man is to sin against God. But deep inside our hearts is a different kind of desire. The desire to heal the brokenness of our soul. To feel complete, and secured. As sinners, our ultimate longing is to be forgiven. This desire is hidden by deception. The enemy is afraid that when we discover this, we might pursue it and be healed by God, making it impossible for sin to destroy us again.
Jesus Christ showed forgiveness. Many times has He been chastised, insulted, hurt, and disappointed while living with man, but He became merciful. Jesus forgave them, just as He became forgiveness to humanity, God required the shedding of blood in order for a person to be forgiven.
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. – Hebrews 9:22
In order for people to be forgiven in the Old Testament, they had to offer the best lamb they got. But it’s effectiveness is limited, that’s why another offering shall be made over time. When Jesus came, He became the “once and for all” sacrifice. His death served as the sacrificial death for the forgiveness of humanity. His blood is clean for He had no sin, He is the only one worthy to be sacrificed. His death became the forgiveness of Sin. His resurrection became our hope.
No matter how broken everyone is, we cannot really blame anyone for anything. When unpleasant things happen, most of us tend to point fingers, but Jesus showed us the exact opposite. We are all broken. We may have hurt people along the way, or people may have hurt us, but instead of blaming anyone, let us forgive each other. Being hurt is normal, but we can forgive people because God has already forgiven us. Forgiveness is the cure for brokenness.
God’s love is the source of forgiveness. Forgiveness is an overflow of God’s love to us. The more we desire and experience God’s love, the easier it is to forgive other people of their brokenness.
You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. -Luke 10:27
WRITTEN BY: YEV MONARQUIA