The beginning of time. The creation of man. It’s a story that has been recounted many times with flair of creativity that would pinch the interest of even the seasoned skeptics. After all, this is a story that was written before the structure of a story was conceptualized. In fact, this has been the blueprint for every story written after. So let’s take a moment to walk through the story of the first man with perhaps a renewed excitement and wonder that it rightfully deserves.
In The Beginning
The opening chapter of Genesis is packed with a flurry of activities. We see the grandmaster (God) caught up in an artistic bout filling the earth with diversely rich entities and bringing to life every living creature. We are then introduced to the first character of the story, the man. God puts His personal touch on him by making the man in His own image. An honor, that was reserved only for humans. The second character, the first woman arrives in quite a dramatic manner. They are bestowed with a totally unearned gift to rule over all creation with just one restraint, to stay away from the fruits of one pretty common looking tree. One would think with so many options to eat from this would be a simple enough instruction to follow. But no they are enticed into disobeying God by doing just that.
From The Fall To Wonder And Reverence
Misled and duped by a snake (of all things!) they feast on the forbidden fruit. What follows is a series of events filled with heartbreak and failure that leaves us in a dire need of a Saviour. An all-powerful Saviour who would deliver us from the bondage of sin and establish God’s plan. The arrival of Christ marked the end of the hopeless cycle of failure, disobedience, and pain that humanity was caught up in. Now we have a clear chance of living a life that God had intended for us all along through Christ. So this Christmas season, let’s not lose the wonder and reverence for this baby in the barn.
The Beginning: Rejoice
But how do you find the strength to train your mind to focus when it is cluttered with worries, pain, disappointments, and negative thoughts? Perhaps you find yourself jobless or under a lot of pressure at work this time of year. The stress is real. But it is possible to rejoice in the Lord right where you are. It is possible to adore and be in awe of Him in the middle of all the life mess. All it takes is to meditate on His Word. And grasp the gravity of what God dared to do for us. Send His only Son for our redemption even while we were sinners. This is sheer madness! Let this Christmas season fire a holy intrigue and hunger in your spirit that would push you to search this beautiful Christ for yourself.