The Greatest Miracle, the Greatest Gift!

The greatest of all miracles is the salvation of a soul... the salvation of your soul and mine! Yet our salvation did not begin at the cross. The love of God provided for our deliverance a long time before the cross. Evidence of this can be seen at the creation of the world.

God, being the fair and just God that He is, gave Adam & Eve a choice whether to obey Him and be sinless, or to be carnal and serve sin. That’s why there was that one tree that they were told to avoid. But they chose their own desires over the perfect, loving desires of God. Immediately after Adam and Eve’s deadly choice, they started to deteriorate mentally and physically, but in the spiritual sense they died completely. We can see this in Genesis 3:7, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.” The heavenly covering which previously covered their bodies was gone, and now they were really naked. They not only saw it...they felt it! Then verse 8 says, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees in the garden. And the Lord God called to Adam, and said “Where are you?” And Adam said “I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid...” Adam had never, ever been previously afraid. Yet as soon as he sinned, fear, pride, hatred, jealousy and a whole host of negative seeds sprouted in his heart. He was degenerating quickly.

But sin not only struck their bodies, their minds and feelings, it also struck the heart of their marriage. When Adam discovered that his wife and companion had sinned, he nobly demonstrated, “I love you so much, I can’t live without you, so if you die, I’ll die too.” He chose to disobey God. But just look at what sin did to all of his deep love and affection! God said in verse 11, “Have you eaten of the tree that I commanded that you should not eat?” Adam replied, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat.” Immediately, the choice of sin made evident its devastating effects on even the love shared between Adam and Eve. In a nutshell, sin killed it.

Although Adam & Eve deteriorated spiritually and mentally the moment they sinned, spiritually they were completely dead. They not only had a propensity to sin, but they didn’t even have the power to choose good anymore. At that point they couldn’t even choose Jesus as their Savior, because they were completely wrapped in sin’s grip... they were trapped with a carnal nature that could only choose sin.

But here’s the good news. In verse 15 God said, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed, and it shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel.” In a nutshell God told Adam and Eve, “I’m going to put enmity or hostility and hatred between you and the woman.” The woman at this point was a symbol of sin itself, because she was the first one to rebel against God. But in essence God said, “I’m going to give you a precious gift. I’m going to give you a conscience. I’m going to give you an uncomfortable feeling when you are tempted and when you sin, and you’re going to feel it on the inside when you’re heading down the wrong road.” We see evidence of this today because even in unbelievers, there is a sense of morality. People, in general, have a sense of right and wrong. That’s why there is a public outcry in the face of abuse, and there’s compassion for human suffering. People who inflict suffering on others are those who have seared their consciences, for by ignoring them repeatedly they don’t work anymore. But a conscience is a precious gift, because without it we were headed toward sin and sin alone with all the destruction that goes with it. The last part of the verse says “it shall bruise your head” and a conscience will do that. We feel pricked when we’re heading down the wrong road. But then it says “and you shall bruise his heel.” We totally thwart and destroy the curse of sin when we say no to sin. And it’s only because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Calvary that we have the privilege today of saying no to sin. How did this hold true in the Garden of Eden? Jesus committed to the “safety net” of Calvary long before we sinned. And when God says it, it’s as good as done!

God gave us our choice back! Our dead spirituality can come alive again! That’s what Jesus meant when He said to Nicodemus, “You must be born again.” We must experience a new birth, and that’s what happens when we accept Jesus into our hearts. Accepting Jesus is so much more than just saying “Yes, I want Jesus in my heart.” It’s saying “Yes” to the whole package. It’s accepting what God says is good, and rejecting what God says is not good. It’s cherishing the words of Christ, the laws of Christ and the very heart of Christ. I personally believe if everyone in this world would just take the time to get to know God and His heart, everyone would love Him. I hope you’ll do that today. Take time to get to know God. He wants you to know Him... He wants you to sense the heartbeat of His love, His mercy and His redemption!

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