Jesus came so that we may have life [John 10:10]. This tells me that we were dead before we accepted God’s way back into the Kingdom. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life” [John 14:6]. God said “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’ [Leviticus 17:11]
Ok, so Jesus came to save us from death and sin equals death. A sin is disobedience to God. In the garden, God and man had a relationship. They walked and talked with each other [Genesis 3:8]. At this point, man was ‘one’ with his creator. I always image man and God sharing ideas and stories as well as laughing with one another. Somewhere along in man’s ‘happily ever after’ Satan began to think more of himself and started a war in heaven. This brought banishment from heaven and prison in Hades for his followers. But Satan, being a crafty soul, decided to take God’s greatest creation – man – down with him. See, he knew God gave man ‘free will’, and he knew about the two trees in the garden, so through deceit Satan whispered half truths (which is the same as a flat out lie) and deceived Eve. Eve in turn gave the fruit to Adam and both ate of it. This was the one thing God warned Adam not to do!
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” [Genesis 2:15-17] And in that very instant that man ate of the forbidden fruit his soul died and his oneness with God was severed. Man became aware of – SELF. Before this man was not concerned with himself, (he didn’t even know he was walking around naked) what he would wear or eat (bling, bling, new car, new house, how important he looked, etc.). He was only aware of doing the Father’s will.
This is what Jesus came to restore – oneness with God! We still have free will so we must choose to accept God’s gift of restoration through His son Jesus. We must choose – every day – to die to ‘self’ and follow Jesus and the example He gave us. No one said it would be easy, but you are not alone – God/the Holy Spirit, is right there with you cheering you on. And when you make a mistake, God is not angry with you. On the contrary, He loves you and wants to help you. Ask for forgiveness and that He show you the way – and He will!
Life is more than what we have made it out to be! You were created for more than what you have become! Just image – what if everyone in the whole world would stop living just for themselves and what they can acquire, and became aware and concerned for one another – what a beautiful place this would be! We would have unity (there’s power in unity) and peace. No more wars, no more theft, no more lying or back stabbing, no more jealousy or envy. It would be people loving people and doing the Father’s will! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!