Life without Christ, I can’t image it. At this moment, I honestly can’t image what my life would be like except for emptiness and loneliness. Who am I that He is mindful of me? Mindful of me, it still rips my heart to the core the depth of the love of God. Oh, I have seen movies portraying images, read stories of the magnitude but nothing compares to experiencing it. Experiencing the love of God has changed my perspective, my purpose, and my life. Love awakens the soul to experience life.
If the greatest need of mankind is love, God has lavishly expressed it to us. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were able to daily communicate intimately with God. As eager lovers wait to see the sight of each other, so was the relationship with God. In the cool of the day, God would arrive to dwell near them. Never does the relationship suffer damage or separation until the moment the fruit was eaten. At the moment, Adam and Eve realized they were naked of the presence of God. As the cool of the day approaches, fear grips their hearts with bewilderment, what are we going to do? Instead of dealing directly with the situation, Adam and Eve cloth themselves with fig leaves. Don’t they realize the fig leaves will give them away? Don’t they see it as obvious? It’s a physical garment made by human hands without the ability to cover their nakedness. Oh, maybe it can cover their physical nakedness from God’s view, so they think. Yet, they don’t realize their nakedness is plainly exposed before God.
We realize God created the world, we accept this by faith. Nevertheless, our lives are covered with guilt, so we keep God completely distant from us. We have tried to cover up our nakedness but the fig leaves keep falling. As Adam and Eve, we try to “fix” our lives so we can approach Him. Deep within our hearts, we know we have failed or fallen short of God’s purpose-to know God.
What’s so amazing about the garden account, we see God’s heart from the beginning. Although Adam and Eve try to cover their sin, God is completely aware of it. According to Genesis 3:10, “He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” Adam completely describes what the destructive power of sin can do-it brings isolation. Sadly, so many people isolate themselves from God due to the trap of sin and Satan’s lies of deception. The power of sin has entangled their lives, it’s against all hope. Or is it?
Have you ever heard of a mediator? Well, a mediator is someone who goes between two parties to resolve an issue. A moment’s sin can bring a lasting consequence for our actions. Adam and Eve’s sin brought a lasting consequence upon them but it affected the entire human race. The human race suffers from feeling isolated, afraid, and naked or feeling incomplete in life. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why am I here?” “What is the purpose of life?” The purpose of life is to actually quite simple, it’s to know God intimately. Can we know God intimately? Yes, we can.
Jesus is the mediator, He understands our weakness. He understands? Yes, He was tempted in all ways, yet He was without sin. Hebrews 4:15 shows, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet without sin.”
A question could be entering your mind, how could God love someone like me? I can answer this question, He loved someone like me. Still after many years, the depth of God’s love astonishes me. He reached me in a horrible place of isolation, pain, and abuse. He didn’t leave me there, He got me out. Life hasn’t always been easy but I have the intimacy of God to sustain me. His love, grace, and truth have guided my life with no regrets. Only through Christ have I found the meaning of life-love. Nothing can transform someone’s life greatly except the power of knowing I am loved. As God searched for Adam and Eve, so He is looking for you. It’s time to stop hiding in your own guilt; it’s time to meet your mediator, Jesus Christ who can make you whole. Just call on His name, He will answer.