Genesis 3:22-24 “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
So much was lost when sin entered into the human family. In the above verses, we read of Adam and Eve’s banishment from the beautiful Garden that God had created just for them. One can hardly imagine what that place was really like. It was the perfect environment, providing for the original couple everything they could ever imagine needing. This, however, would be lost forever for the sinful pair, and for their offspring after them. Their greatest loss, however, was that blessed communion they had enjoyed with their Creator as they walked with Him in the Garden in the cool of the day. What blessed communion that must have been! They would never enjoy that sweet fellowship with their Creator on that level ever again. That was truly a great loss!
However, read the following passage of hope for all the human family. Revelation 21:1-6 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” The Lord Jesus came that He might restore all that was lost through man’s sin. When we read of the blessed hope that is laid up for all who place faith in Christ, we see all of the blessings of the Garden of Eden and more. However, the most blessed restoration made possible by the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior is communion and oneness with our Creator. We can now commune with our Lord at any time and in any place. This is actually far better than that which was enjoyed in the Garden. Plus, because of the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, we are never absent from our Lord. Surely He will never leave nor forsake His own. (Hebrews 13:5)
Friend, you can have that blessedness even today. If you are reading these words, and have never trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can do so even now. Call upon Him in faith. His death on the Cross was for you, and you can be restored to Him today, forgiven of all sins and promised an eternity in a wonderful place that He has prepared. You can be saved today, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) God loves you, and there is no time like the present to give your heart to Christ.
Pastor Steve Smith