We are Adam. We are Eve. All of us.
None of us have lived up to our potential. None of us have always trusted God. None of us have followed his rules.
There are people who say that Adam was one man and Eve was one women.
There are others who say that they represent us all.
We lose something if we choose either of these options.
There is a mystery to be embraced here: because both of those statements are true. __________________
Obviously most people, through out the history of the faith, have not made the connection I have. They have not linked these two specific events together in the same way that I have.
And yet, you can’t meditate on the death of Jesus for very long before you come to realize several lessons from it.
You realize that God can be hurt. And that he was hurt. Deeply and brutally.
You realize that this hurt was caused by human kind’s foolishness.
You realize that this hurt caused a separation between God and man.
Perhaps most importantly, you realize that this hurt and separation are not the end of the story.
All these realizations are waiting for us in the story of the Garden of Eden.
When it came to the coverage of the fall of the World Trade Center, it got to the point that I thought it was too much. Sensationalistic. Unnecessary. I was sick of it and I didn’t see that it was helping anybody to watch it over and over and over again.
This is where the comparison with the crucifixion begins to fall apart.
Because it was vital that God shared with us this replay of what had gone on before. When my kids do something wrong, the only way that things can be made right is when they realize what they did was wrong. If we don’t address the depth of the hurt they caused I am not doing my duty as a father, I am not paving the way for true forgiveness and reconciliation.
There is, of course, so much more to the crucifixion. And some of this is mystery. But it is a mystery that is illuminated by the truth that Jesus death was a replay of Adam’s betrayal in the Garden of Eden.