The Greatest Love Story Ever Told!
“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” (Philemon 1:6)
In recent days, I have found myself dwelling more and more on the “greatest love story” ever told. In fact, I insert this “greatest love story” theme into many of the blogs I write — regardless of the overarching topic. Today, however, in conversation, this same idea of our Lord God becoming our Saviour was approached from a different perspective — one that challenged me to dig deeper in my understanding and communications.
Admittedly, we all have moments like these — when someone says something that doesn’t quite fit our initial worldview — and as a consequence, we reach out and investigate new concepts and constructs that appease, even if only for a moment.
But today, there was no pacifying my inner soul. I knew that there was more breadth and depth to the “greatest love story” than I had previously pursued. Ironically, at the same time, I was reminded of an Arthur Miller quote that states: “The apple cannot be stuck back on the tree of knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less.”
Moreover, within this particular conversation, the intricate details made sense. The very scriptures that were being shared resonated within me, to the point that I realized that in sharing “the greatest love story ever told” I was assuming that the reading audience understood the rest of the story.
But when I think of the number of people who have never heard of the good news gospel — of Jesus and His everlasting love for you and I — my assumption was clearly misguided. So, for those of you out there who long to know and have a personal relationship with the “unknown God” this message is written specifically for you. (Acts 17:22-28)
In the beginning, God breathed His breath into man. As a consequence, we became living souls. At the time, Adam and Eve lived in paradise — identified in the Bible as the Garden of Eden.
“And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9)
Indeed, the LORD God loved His new creation — man and woman –so much that He gave man full dominion over all the earth, and all the inhabitants within.
Herein, there was only one instruction. That is, the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden thou may freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it — for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
The reason? Because our LORD God knew that if we were openly exposed to the fruits of good and evil, we would not readily choose His goodness. And, that death which was not a reality in the Garden, would be a consequence.
The enemy satan — who could not argue with the LORD God on any level — saw the authority given to man over all the earth as an opening for him to challenge Almighty God. So, in satan’s mind, there began a contest. Knowing that challenging the LORD God directly was futile, satan set out to dominate the earth through humankind.
But in order for this new order of things to be successful, satan needed Adam and Eve to eat the fruit from the tree of good and evil. And thus, to this end, the enemy was relentless in his pursuit of these living souls. The devil also knew that God’s Word was irrevocable — indeed, holy and unshakeable — and that even in man’s fallen state, the LORD would not take back authority over the earth.
Therefore, at satan’s bidding, Eve was first to eat the forbidden fruit. She then convinced Adam to do the same.
The LORD God said, “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever … He drove out the man, and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Gen 3:22-24)
So, now, as a consequence, men and women had choices. They could readily choose good or evil — life or death in all of their dealings. Although the LORD still wanted us to choose life, He also knew that satan would use every worldly enticement — lust, hatred, greed, etc. — so that he could dominate the world. Yes, the enemy now had a stronghold that allowed him to rule the earth through fallen man.
However, the one thing that satan and his fallen angels never counted on is that this same LORD God had devised a plan of salvation to rescue His creation even before the world was shaped. A plan to justify His own children by shedding His own precious blood on the cross. He that knew no sin would ultimately become sin for us.
The same Lord God who created us in the beginning became the ultimate sacrifice for you and I so that all of our sins would be forgiven once and for all if we only believe on Jesus and seek His righteousness.
“Neither is there salvation in any other … for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Thus, the “greatest love story” ever told for all humanity to see. The rest of the story unfolding in the scriptures for one and all to understand. Praise Jesus!