This love story all began in the garden of Eden. There was nothing existing on the face of the earth and so God set out to work, he created all that was needed for survival on earth. Something was missing and that was man God needed a thinking being so he created man not just any kind of man but one just like Him.
Genesis 1:26-27( new living translation)
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
After creating man (Adam and Eve),He didn’t stop there He created a beautiful garden and put them in there. He loved them so much and He wanted them to be happy and live comfortably. Every evening he would come down to earth to fellowship with man, they were priceless to Him. Man knew no sin they were blameless but eventually they disobeyed God by eating from the tree which He asked them not to eat from THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. Eating from this tree exposed them to their flaws and they found out they were naked so they were ashamed and they hid from their creator. God killed an animal and used the skin to cloth them. The killing of the animal had a significance which I would explain as we go on.
God’s nature isn’t the nature of sin and because he is too pure to behold sin they could no longer stay in the garden.
Since the first man and woman now had the sin nature, this nature was automatically passed down to their children and the generation yet to be born.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
God had to set rules for man do this don’t do this but the more the rules the more man kept on falling short this was because man now had the sin nature and all that the sin nature knew how to do was to sin. The rules kept exposing them to their flaws it just showed them how incapable they were to keep God’s commandments based on their strength.
One of those laws was that when someone sinned blood had to be shed for the sin of such a fellow to be forgiven if not such a person would die.
In fact under the Law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [neither release from sin and its guilt, nor cancellation of the merited punishment].
The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness.
You would ask why blood though? Why not something else? That is because blood plays a very vital role in human existence, medically we have been thought that blood contains all of the oxygen and nutrients needed for ones body to thrive, this nutrients and oxygen will be of no use to the individual if there is no means for it to be transported which is where the role of blood comes into play. So in essence there is life present in blood. Since the human life had to be spared, animals were killed, not any kind of animal the animal had to be without blemish( no defect). meaning the life of an innocent animal was taken in exchange for the life of a guilty human.
The forgiveness gotten through the shedding of animal blood was temporary, the animal blood couldn’t give everlasting life. which was why it had to be done over and over.
God didn’t want this to keep happening so he decided to send someone, someone who was without blemish someone whose blood would wash away sins once and for all so he decided to send his son Jesus, this is really amazing because he didn’t send an angel he chose his most priced possession. WHAT A LOVE. The death of Jesus on the cross signified the death of our old sinful nature and when he arose from the grave we were given a new nature, the nature of righteousness.
For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.
All of the shedding of animal blood which started from the very beginning was God preparing man for his redemptive plan. So why didn’t God send his son Jesus from the very beginning when man sinned in the garden of Eden? That is because He (God) needed man to know he can never be independent of God, trying to keep a set of laws would never be possible without God’s help. God automatically made a way out for man.
How can one access this free gift of redemption?
The keyword is to believe. Yes believe that Jesus died on the cross and he payed the price for your sin once and for all, and His blood now runs through your veins because the blood of the innocent (Jesus) was exchanged for the blood of the guilty( you and I )
The only way we can freely access God is through His son Jesus.
Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Being good doesn’t qualify anymore or gives you access into God’s kingdom because if it were so jesus wouldn’t have died in the first place. What makes us qualified enough to access Gods kingdom is God’s grace through the blood of Jesus.
For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].
Jesus went through all of the pain and shame on the cross of Calvary just so He could reconcile us back to Himself , he just loves to have a daily and continuous intimacy with each and every one of us. He is ever willing and ever ready to accept us into His arms. Every thing you can ever hope for is in God just open up your heart to Him and receive Him.
Behold, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear my voice and you open the door within, I will come in to you and feast with you, and you will feast with me. And to the one who conquers I will give the privilege of sitting with me on my throne, just as I conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
Have a blessed week ahead.
JESUS LOVES YOU.