[God said to the serpent,] “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
Have you ever had a bad day? Having things go well and then suddenly turn upside down is a common experience. It could be a minor thing like hitting a bump as you drive to work and spilling your pumpkin spice latte all over your new outfit. Or it could be a more serious downturn like a rupture in a close, personal relationship, a sudden deterioration in health, or the loss of a loved one.
Consider what it must have been like for our first parents on the first bad day ever. They were created all good by God and placed in His beautiful garden to care for it. There was no struggle to survive, no conflict between people, and no separation from God.
Then, in an instant, everything changed for the worst. Manipulated by the serpent and his lies, the man and the woman ate fruit from the one tree God had said was off limits, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That one act of disobedience disrupted the entire cosmos. The God-human relationship was ruptured, humanity became broken and life became “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” (Thomas Hobbes). And this beautiful couple were responsible for that corruption.
It is one thing to witness a deadly car accident. It is quite another to be the person that caused that accident. Such crushing guilt should have destroyed them, but our first parents had hope. Why? Because God promised them that a future descendant of the woman would conquer this corrupting evil even as He was wounded in the process. That future descendant was Jesus, who gave up His life on the cross to more than fully pay the entire cost of renewing creation and restoring humanity to a close, personal relationship with God. Buoyed by the promise of a coming Saviour, Adam gave his wife the name Eve, “…because she would be the mother of all who live” (v. 20).
We still live with the effects of Adam and Eve’s terrible day. We still have bad days, and some of those days are truly terrible. But we, like them, have resilient hope. They believed in the promise of the Savior to come. We believe in that same Savior who came and is coming again to make us and all things right.
We are going back to the garden. And God has given us the privilege of sharing this Good News with others. As His beloved, forgiven, life-filled children, we are called to be a Blessing People who bring the light of Jesus’ healing love into a dark and dying world.
Dear Jesus, thank you for saving me from the endless string of bad days for which I was destined. You have blessed me with life, joy, peace and resilient hope, and now I get to be a blessing to others. Thank you for saving me for the opportunity to be one of Your Blessing People. Amen.