The Bible begins and ends with a description of a created world that is thoroughly good. The difference between those two worlds is that one is completely unmarred by the fall of man, and the other is completely redeemed from the fall by Christ. You and I live in between the two.
In the creation account of Genesis 1— before shame, violence, fear, greed, envy, malice, betrayal, self-loathing, contempt, deceit, murder, or war found their way into the hearts of man—our first parents, Adam and Eve, walked with God in the garden in the cool of the day. They were naked and unashamed—at perfect peace with one another and their Maker. This was how things were meant to be.
But then the man and woman fell, and all of creation with them. Adam and Eve hid from each other and from God. They no longer dwelled in His presence. Now, things are not the way they are supposed to be.
After the account of the creation and fall of man, the rest of the Bible is a declaration of the catastrophic damage of that fall, a desperate cry for deliverance, and the story of how God has redeemed His people and His creation through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.
At the end of the Bible, the book of Revelation describes a redeemed creation—a time when the dwelling place of God will once again be with man. We will no longer be east of Eden. We will be His people and He will be our God. He will wipe away every tear from our eyes and there will be no more death, or grief, or pain. Those things will be fuzzy memories at best of a distant broken past. Everything will be made new (Revelation 21:1-5).
Right now, however, we live with the effects of the fall of man all around us and in us. We live between the originally perfect creation and the New Earth redeemed and restored by Christ. Everything in this book, the Bible, speaks in one way or another, to how we are to live in a world that is broken but redeemed by love.
So step into the story today at the very beginning. Consider the goodness of all that was made. Consider also the wreckage that came with the fall. Wade into the story of how God has rescued and redeemed His people by grace through faith in the One who would crush the serpent’s head—His Son, Jesus Christ.
Written by Russ Ramsey