The beginning. It was amazing to watch the 3rd and 4th grade girls at Awanas re-hear the story that Pamela told last night. She reminded them that God created us each in His own image because he wanted so badly to have us to know and love. Watching them listen to this story, a story that most of them had heard before, was like watching people see Titanic for the 3rd time. You really want it to have a different ending this time! When Eve was given the choice of whether or not to partake of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil… when at that point she only knew of good and beauty she chose to know evil and sin, as well. The reaction of the children was fascinating. I’d forgotten what it was like to hear the story so freshly. One little girl even covered her ears. When Pamela asked why her ears were covered she said, “I hate this part. This is the part of the story when sin came into the world and sin separates us from God.” She was truly upset. Wow. She gets it. One of the things that makes God so incredible is that He is just and holy, but with all of this sin, we couldn’t be close to Him. There must be payment for sin. We understand justice, because as humans, we are made in His image and even we understand that it doesn’t seem fair when bad things go unpunished. That’s because we are made like God! Who would pay for something so serious? God loved us too much to make us pay the full price. Well, we didn’t have time to teach the entire Old Testament last night. So she skipped to the good part real quick (even though I think she’s going to dwell a bit more this fall). Jesus. We are not eternally separated from God because Jesus did pay for sin. And we can be completely forgiven. Oh, how He loves us.
As the Jesus Storybook Bible (Sally Lloyd Jones) puts it: “One day, he would make the world their perfect home again. And one day, he would wipe away every tear from their eyes.”… “Before they left the garden, God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: ‘It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you! And when I do, I’m going to do battle against the snake. I’ll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here. I’m coming back for you!’ And he would. One day, God himself would come.”