Sunday, May 18, 2008

Crown of Thorns

In Genesis, in the garden, both the snake and Eve ate the apple and brought judgment on themselves, while Adam brought judgement on himself and all of nature. God had put Adam in charge of the Earth, and when its master Adam fell, nature, being subordinate to man, fell too. Nature herself became chaotic, digressed into survival of the fittest, and into a life of power struggling misery alongside with mankind. Worst, nature had rebelled under mans orders from God, but went one step forward and rebelled against man. It was a just punishment, so as Adam sowed would he reap. God would allow him to see just where the attitude of "me first" led.
That day Adam ate God told man that since he sinned the ground would produce thorns and thistles. He would struggle by the sweat and pain of his brow to eat his bread. No longer would it be in harmony with its caretaker, no, from then on nature had gained the rebellious quality man had: to fight everything and establish dominance over anything. Was he hungry for power? So would it be. Was he in conflict with the will of his Master and Lover? So would nature be.
It was not only a fallen society now, it was a fallen world that Adam and Eve had chosen.

Fast forward to the time of the crucifixion, and what do we see? The soldiers are twisting thorns into Christs brow. We see a clear picture of nature rejecting her creator. Man's curse had not only separated man from God, but all Earth from God and the Earth from man. Yet, in the same moment that God made peace with man he retook his throne over all his creation. He settled the score with man's dominion and man himself. By becoming man and submitting to God he amended the mistake from the garden so long ago.
Such great love.

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