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The Background for Easter/Resurrection (Part One)

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM Comments comments (189)

Text: Genesis 3:15

As we prepare for the Easter/Resurrection celebration this month, I would like to share with you the background of this unique occasion.  What are your thoughts about Easter? What is the importance of Christ's death on the Cross of Calvary for you and me?  Easter is a true story of redemption. The question that one may ask is, “Redeeming whom?”  The death of Christ is the fulfillment of God’s promise of redemption for His creation – including man from the power of sin.

This Journal intends to summarize the background of the Resurrection/Easter thus:  (1) God’s Creation of all things, (2) the fall of man, and (3) God’s promised of redemption for His creation. 

First, God’s creation was good.  The Bible tells us a beautiful true account of creation in Genesis.  Genesis Chapters 1-2 say God created all things – 1: 1 states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Among God’s wonderful creation were: light, day, night, heaven, earth, etc. and most importantly man was created in God’s image (1:27).  God blessed Adam to be fruitful and multiply and to have dominion over His creation (1:28). And God pronounced that all He had created was good (1: 31).

In Chapter 2, God prepared a beautiful home for Adam called, the Garden of Eden, and provided all that he needed for his sustenance (Gn 2: 8ff).  However, he was not allowed to eat the fruit of one tree: “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gn 2:17).

In Genesis 2, God also said that it was not good for a man be alone, he needed a helper (2:18).  He put Adam in a deep sleep, and took one of his ribs and made his wife, Eve.  Adam said with excitement, “This is now bone my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man” (Gn 2: 23). Adam, Eve, and all of God’s creation live happily before God until man disobeyed Him.

Second, the fall of man. There was a dramatic shift in Chapter 3 when Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit. This disaster began with the serpent’s deception of Eve: “You will not surely die.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gn 3:4). The antecedent of the fall caused them to cover themselves with leaves and went into hiding when God came to visit with them in the Garden of Eden.  God asked them whether they had eaten the forbidden fruit. In response, Adam blamed it on his wife, and Eve also blamed it on the serpent (Gn 3:8-13).

Third, God cursed the disobedience of the people and the serpent.  God’s punishment is embedded in His victory.  For the purpose of this topic, I will focus on the curse on the serpent and the woman. Genesis 3:15 reads, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” This is the first Gospel in Genesis.  The very woman who was deceived would bring forth the deliverer! Consequently, God drove them from the Garden  and placed a flaming sword, at the east of the garden, which turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life (Gn 3: 24). As I had mentioned, in the curse between the woman and serpent, a promise of redemption was embedded through the Seed of the woman. This Seed is Jesus Christ. From this background, I shall, in my next Journal, focus on the prophecies concerning Christ’s death. There would be no Easter/Resurrection if there has not been a fall in the Garden of Eden.

Happy Resurrection/Easter!

To be continued.