The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” ~ Genesis 2:16-17
Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. ~ Genesis 3:22-24
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 6:23
Since my husband’s death, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to complete what it really is we, as Christians, believe in. Because he was so young when he died, I couldn’t quite get on board with the idea that death is a natural part of life – we all experience it, there is nothing as universal as death, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
Well, I don’t buy it.
Death isn’t a natural part of life, any more than all the women in Hollywood are natural beauties. There is nothing natural about it. It’s ugly and unfair, no matter how old you are.
So I came to this conclusion: my husband’s death was murder.
Now, before you start slowly backing away and calling for the men in white coats to take me away, hear me out. Death was not and is not part of God’s design for us. Death was introduced into the world after Adam and Eve were tempted into sinning. The serpent’s wide-eyed, silver-tongued lie about the outcome of their disobedience thrust the entire universe sideways, and only then did death become part of our existence.
The enemy’s plan wasn’t just to get Adam and Eve to sin, it was to destroy the human race by killing them – albeit via their own rebellion. The enemy committed a capital offense that day – premeditated murder, by distorting the truth and tricking God’s beloved creation into to bringing about his own downfall.
Satan’s plan for this world is simple: destroy it all. He seeks is to obliterate God’s people by separating them from God. And as a Christian, you are that much more of a target to him.
Fortunately for us, God did not leave things the way they were when Adam and Eve were driven from the garden. He took it upon Himself to make a way for us to reach Him – through His Son. This generous gift is beyond comprehension, when you consider the very recipients were the creatures that fouled things up in the first place. Never, ever doubt His love for you. God has bridged that way from us to Him, and the roadblock of death is nothing He hasn’t overcome.