“Once, there was a father. The father had two sons.
One of the sons had an offering that pleased God. The other did not.
The son with out the pleasing offering killed his sibling.
Almost paradoxically, the murderer ends up with a protection from death.”
On the surface, this is the story of Adam and Eve’s direct descendents: Cain abd Abel. But there is an interesting thing about this story.
It is also our story. We are God’s children. But Jesus was God’s son in a much more specific way. Because of sin, our offering meant nothing to God. Because of Jesus’ perfection, Jesus offering did mean something.
Jesus died. And it makes me crazy, to watch the finger-pointing. The Jews killed Jesus. The Romans killed Jesus. Judas killed Jesus…
This is all missing the point.
We killed Jesus. Our sin made his death necessary. But his death leads to our eternal life.
And so I find myself pondering the story of Cain and Abel and wondering:
Does a story this early in the bible foreshadow Jesus’ coming?