Sunday, November 28, 2010
There are still Two Trees to choose from
Most of you, if you had any Sunday School whatsoever, know how the story turned out. The Devil came and tempted them, not with an outright lie, but with a twist on the truth, "For God knows that when you eat of it," he said, "your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing Good and Evil."
And you know what, they're eyes were opened, and they did become like God in that they developed their own will outside of God's will. Now they too had the capacity to determine what was Right and Wrong apart from God...
...and we've been paying a huge price for it ever since.
Mankind was banished from the garden and hence the access to the Tree of Life... the tree we really needed to be eating from.
The Bible goes on to chronicle the misery making of the human race once we begin to decide what is right & wrong on our own. Often there will be a passage that goes something like, "And again Israel did evil in God's sight, each man doing what he thought was right in his own eyes." I'm sure if I asked 100 people what evil is, I would get 100 different answers but no one saying "evil is people doing what they thought was right."
And here's the crux...those two trees are still with us...in the center of our lives. Just like Adam so many thousands of years ago, we have the opportunity today to choose what tree we will pick from. Although the physical manifestation of the Tree of Life only reappears at the end of scripture in Revelation 22 when describing our eternal residence, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we have access to that fruit, His Life, today.
Christ was given the same test as Adam (hence why the Bible sometimes refers to him as the Second Adam). His whole life was a submission of his will to his Father's culminating in the moment of prayer he has just before the process of his redemptive sacrifice is to take place. The fruit of the two trees is placed before him, "Father if possible, let this cup pass from me" (What I think is Right i.e. Tree of Good & Evil) "nevertheless, not my will but Your's be done." (What God says is Right i.e The Tree of Life)
Unlike Adam, Jesus chooses NOT to eat from the forbidden fruit instead choosing a faith and submission to his Father's will.
Bingo, by choosing God's will over his own he reopens our access to the Tree of Life (The Life of Christ).
Now, we no longer have to live under the curse, we can choose life once again
So OK, those trees are still with us. His way or yours? Which fruit will you eat today?