Save Me From Myself

And they heard the sound 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 of the garden. (Gen 3:8)

So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. (Gen 3:24)

This world is a mess; not because God made it that way, but because mankind looks to make a name for themselves rather than magnify the one name that matters; the name above every other name; the name of our Lord and our King, our maker and our savior; the name of the one true God – Yahweh, the great I AM!

Ever since Adam and Eve ate of that forbidden fruit, putting their wants and desires above the one who made them, mankind has been in a constant state of anguish; seeking relief in the Garden they have been cast from, but without the commitment to God who made them. What they can't seem to grasp is that relief comes from submission to God and His plan to restore man back to his place in the garden.

Which begs the question, why did God cast man from the garden? Couldn't the tree of life have restored them to the life they had with God before they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? The answer to that question is a resounding no! Rather, to eat from the tree of life would have sealed their fate as sinners, and therefore relegated them to an eternity separated from God. Therefore, it was an act of mercy for God to guard their entrance from the tree of life.

You see, God had a plan to restore humanity by allowing his Son to hang on a tree in place of sinful man. By so doing he judged sin and made a path back to the garden through Jesus Christ. Jesus became the fruit we must partake of in order to have life. He is the bread of life.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." (John 6:51)

The path back to God comes through His Son.

And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day."

Imagine this with me. The tree by which we find life is a rugged cross; a cruel form of execution designed for judgment against the worst of criminals, or an opponent's enemies. And instead of rightly putting us on that cross for our insurrection against Him, He hung in our place. Wow!

So, the path back to the garden of God comes through His Son Jesus Christ. Our part is to admit our need for Him. Which means we must acknowledge our own rebellious hearts; our desire to make a name for ourselves rather than glorify the God who made us. If you want access to God the Father, look to the Son. If you have lost all hope in the kingdoms of men, look to the kingdom of God where all is made right. Surrender and submit to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It is Gods invitation to you.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

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Comments 2

Guest - Devin on Sunday, 28 January 2018 03:09
Guest - Janice Bickert on Sunday, 28 January 2018 18:01

Wow what a powerful image. The tree of life and the rugged crossbthat Jesus hung onto become the fruit of life to save us all from sin. I really enjoyed this message pastor John. Thank you! I never thought of today it this way. God truly lays these messages on your heart for us all! ?

Wow what a powerful image. The tree of life and the rugged crossbthat Jesus hung onto become the fruit of life to save us all from sin. I really enjoyed this message pastor John. Thank you! I never thought of today it this way. God truly lays these messages on your heart for us all! ?
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