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Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. … 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 of it you will surely die.” … “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Genesis 2:8, 16-17; 3:4-7
It seems as if every generation has a day that lives on in infamy, a day when everything changes. Yet, there is one day, one infamous day that changed everything for every person of every generation: the day Adam and Eve fell into sin.
God had placed Adam and Eve into a perfect world that he created. Their destiny was life eternal with God in glory everlasting. But everything changed on that day when both Adam and Eve chose to listen to the lies of Satan instead of the truth of God. Instead of life, death came rushing in when the peace and holiness of perfection were destroyed. Everything changed for Adam and Eve, and for us too! As a result of their fall into sin, you and I are born sinful, apart from God.
But God loved Adam and Eve, in spite of themselves, in spite of their disobedience. God loved them and he loved you and me, and wanted us to be with him, not apart from him. He didn’t want them or us to die, but to live. So God made a promise: what Adam and Eve, what you and I could not do—live perfectly and serve God faithfully—God would do in our place. And so in the person of Jesus, God became a man. Jesus came to right what was wrong, to do what we had left undone, to do what we could not do. Jesus came to live and die in our place so we might live forever with him, just as God intended.
Lord, thank you for sending your Son to right the wrongs, to do what we could not do, so that by faith alone in Jesus we will spend eternity with you! Amen.
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