Since Easter is around the corner, we are going to talk about what led to Easter, and may the Lord speak to our hearts as we go through them. Easter started in the Garden of Eden when Adam disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The moment Adam ate the forbidden fruit, sin entered into the world, and thus death and suffering came upon humankind (Romans 5:12). Before Adam ate the forbidden fruit, humanity was sinless and perfect. We were living in a perfect environment without sin, death, and suffering. We had a perfect fellowship with God. We were living in His very presence. However, all these changed when Adam disobeyed God.
God did not create sin, but sin originated from Adam's disobedience. God told Adam that do not eat the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil because the moment he eats it, he would die. So death and suffering also originated in Adam's sin because of the result of sin. Once we inherited Adam's sin, we became corrupt and lost our ways to God. We began to live according to our own ways instead of living according to God's ways. Consequently, we became God's enemies because of our sin (Romans 5:10). We suffer today and experience death because of the result of sin.
Since God loves us, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sin (John 3:16). God knew that we could not save ourselves from our sin. Our sin needs forgiveness from God because we sinned against Him. We also need to pay the penalty of our sin, which is death. God could have easily wiped us out when Adam sinned, but God decided to save us because He loves us. He chose to love us even when we were His enemies. He came to us when we were lost in our sins. Although we are living in a sinful world at this time, God is reaching out to us with His love and salvation.
Ask yourself these questions: Where did sin, suffering, and death originate? How did I become a sinner? Why did God send His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for saving me from sin and forgiving all the sins that I have committed. Thank you for loving me. I pray that you will continue to change my heart to obey you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.