“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14 (NASB)
We learned from the first prophecy of God as recorded in Genesis 3:15 that the serpent was cursed after the fall of man and that this very event actually pointed to Jesus. Eventually, the prophet Isaiah also predicted Jesus called Immanuel (means God with us) to be born through a virgin as a seed of a woman and fulfilled in the New Testament (Matthew 1:18 and Galatians 4:4-5). Then this seed of the woman who is Jesus became the Savior of the fallen world (Matthew 1:21; Luke 2:11; 1 Timothy 1:15). But have you ever thought why God placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden? Well, God placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden to give Adam and Eve a choice to obey Him or disobey Him. Meaning, God gave human that freewill. Ah, so why did God give us free will if He knew that we would mess up, make the wrong decisions, and ultimately reject Him? God’s purpose with mankind is to have eternal fellowship with those who truly love Him; so he wouldn’t create humans like robots who would just obey because then, they wouldn’t be able to express true love.
When God placed enmity between Satan and the seed of the woman, it resulted to the humanity of Jesus that gives opportunity for people to be totally transformed, love God and see Him as a friend and Satan as the enemy. Then hostility toward Satan transpired from these transformed humanity—expressed through prayer warriors and being equipped through God’s Word, the very effective weapon to defeat the enemy (Ephesians 6:11), then Jesus came to destroy Satan’s work (1 John 3:8).
Adam and Eve fell from God’s ordinance and even after them many people still are messing up and rejecting Jesus; but the good news is God’s response to the fall of man demonstrates His glory (Exodus 34:6-7). God’s plan made provision for sin by means of sending His Son. Jesus died for the sins of mankind, was buried in a tomb, and was resurrected three days later (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). This was the move of God that people may be saved from their fallen world. However, not everyone can be saved because many people will reject Jesus. Jesus even said not everyone who calls Him Lord will be saved (Matthew 7:21). Then we ask if is it God’s will that all people be saved? The answer must be “Yes,” because that it what the Bible says (John 3:16). So, does that mean that all will be saved? The answer is obviously, “No.” That’s is why John 3:16 says: “…that whoever believes in Him…” and there it is, people still sin in spite of God’s stated desire because not everyone would like to believe in Jesus. God’s desires are not always accomplished. Was it the desire of God that Adam and Eve would fall? No. Was it God’s will that David commit adultery? No. Yet, they did the very thing God did not want. God desires that all people repent (Acts 17:30); but not all do. God’s desire is that people do what is right instead of sinning. Proverbs 21:3 says that “Acting with righteousness and justice is more valued by the Lord…” Jesus remains to be the only Savior of this fallen world and no other else (John 14:6).
Talk it over with your small group:
- How did you encounter Jesus?
- What commitment have you made to be a follower of Jesus?