Friday, December 7, 2012

Just Like Jesus

              Last evening we had our Home Fellowship Bible Study. There are only about five of us who come, but we come with open bibles and open hearts to hear what the Lord has for us. Not only is this a time to gather around God’s word in an intimate setting, but it is an opportunity to make friends, to get to know our brothers and sisters in the Lord. I have to tell you last night was one of the best Home Fellowships I have ever been too. Besides all the laughing and carrying on that we did, God opened up His word to show us something none of us had ever seen before, and it was amazing- we were all in amazement.
                Genesis 3:6 “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”
                We began our study in Chapter 2, but ended up camping out in Chapter 3. We saw a picture of Christ and His church in Chapter 2, but in Chapter 3, the Holy Spirit drew us in and captivated us. (For our God loves to draw us close and reveal Himself to us when we are open to receive Him.) Previously in this chapter, Eve is deceived by the serpent. He comes to Eve and makes her doubt what the Lord God has spoken to her. He uses His cunning to draw Eve away from what she believes and knows to be true and gets her to a place where she questions God. (This happens to all of us when we begin to doubt God’s goodness and His word) But, there was more.
                Eve was not alone as the serpent was deceiving her, Adam was standing right next to her, listening to the whole conversation, but never saying a word. We know this because God’s word says that “she gave to her husband with her,..” This brought up a question by my husband that led us to where I want to take you today. He asked, “Why did Adam eat it?”
                This stumped us all at first; we all just sat there staring at each other. Then, my husband said that he thinks Adam ate of it because he loved Eve, and seeing that she had changed, he too wanted to change so that they could be together. A man, a husband’s one desire in life for his wife is to make her happy, to love her. God gave woman to man, and man to woman. He gave man a woman to love, to hold and to pour out his devotion upon her. As we discussed this, I said, “He gave himself for her… Just like Jesus gave Himself for us.”
                Ephesians 5:25 says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for her,” Christ gave Himself to the church, to us, to believers because He could not bear to be without us. Adam saw what sin had done to Eve, how she changed and became unlike him, how it was ripping her away from him, and it hurt him to the point of despair. To the point that he was willing to take off his pure, undefiled nature and take upon his own self the same sin as Eve had. He was willing to give up his life for her. Just like Jesus.
                Philippians 2:6-8 states that Jesus, who was God, “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death of the cross.” His love for His church is so great that He willingly took sin upon Himself so that He could be with her, with us. There was nothing going to stop Him, He could not bear to be without us, so He did what He had to do, He had to die- just like Adam.
                Adam knew the consequences of what he was about to do, because God told him, but it did not matter to him. What mattered was that the woman God gave him was so precious to him, he loved her so much that to be without her was unbearable, so he chose to die with her and for her, just so that he did not have to be apart from her. Eve, who was deceived, gave the fruit of the tree to her husband; Adam had a choice to either walk away and never be with her again, or take part in the sin with her so that they could be together forever. Just like Jesus.
                We all sat in amazement when we saw the Lord Jesus Christ’s love, in such magnitude, for His church, for each one of us. If you or I were the only ones who would ever accept Him, and believe in Him, He still would have done everything that He did just so that He could be with us. Adam was willing to die, to be separated from God so that he could be with his wife. Jesus was willing to die and be separated from God, from Himself, just so that He could be with His wife, His church. Amazing, isn’t it? What a wondrous, majestic and loving God we have. He was perfect, yet He chose to become every sin imaginable for us, because He could not live without us, it was too much for Him to bear.
                The Christmas season is here, and we are singing songs about joy and peace, good news and jingle bells, but the one theme of Christmas this year, is that God is with us. He chose to be with us, He chose to die, and He chose to take upon Himself our sins just because He cannot bear to be without us. Amazing Love, Amazing God, Amazing Jesus, may His love be the light that lights our way this Christmas season. May we lift up with hearts of awe and wonder of the sacrifice He made, just so that He did not have to be without us. To Him be all the glory forever and ever, Amen and Amen.