Last week, we studied Genesis chapter three which I think is the saddest chapter in the bible. The reason for this is that Genesis three describes the fall of man. So, what exactly does this mean?
This term, “the fall,” is used in Christianity to describe Adam and Eve’s choice to disobey God, which resulted in their transition from a state of innocent obedience to God to a state of guilty disobedience. As a result, Adam and Eve’s earthly experience went from being “very good (see Genesis 1:31)” to being very bad. The fall brought sin into the human experience and even corrupted the natural world (see Romans 8:20-22).
The results of the fall were horrific. For humankind, Adam and Eve’s sin brought shame, fear, pain, suffering, sorrow, and death. It allowed Satan, God and man’s archenemy, to gain an evil foothold on the entire world (see 1 John 5:19). In addition, it greatly damaged man’s perfect fellowship with God.
Therefore, the fall represents very bad news for humanity. And the truth is, we must first fully understand the bad news before we can fully appreciate the good news. The good news is that after Genesis chapter three, the rest of the story of the bible is essentially God’s rescue plan for fallen humanity. Just as Adam and Eve made a choice to sin, God made a choice to love sinful humanity by coming to our rescue. God’s rescue plan culminated with the sending of his one and only son Jesus who was one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man. Jesus came to this fallen earth to live a perfect life and then to die a sacrificial death. The perfect man dying for imperfect man. By doing so, Jesus provided a way for the curse of sin to be reversed (Revelation 22:3) and the effects of the fall to be removed (see Revelation 21:3-4).
One day those of us who have received God’s grace gift of salvation through Christ will return to Eden (see Revelation 22:1-5). And, once again, everything will be very good, and it will be very good forever and ever!
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