For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:13, 14 NIV
Jesus Christ, the King of Glory!
Shall my Hero ever be.
All my grief turned into joy
On the day He rescued me.
O listen, Reader, to His story
For He longs to rescue thee...
Let Him come to lift thy sorrows,
Let Him shatter guilt and shame!
Let Him brighten thy tomorrows
By the power of His Name!
All the world loves a hero. Men admire them. Women fall in love with them. Children idolize them. We all long for a man who will stand up for the underdog, right the injustices, free the captives and crush the enemy! In fact, so great is our need to believe in heroes that we've created our own. We swoon as these Hollywood hunks flex their muscles, defying death and pain to save the day. We cheer as they snarl through clenched teeth, "Go ahead, make my day." How exciting! How thrilling! For a few short hours we believe. But the movie ends and we go home, still longing, still very much in need of a hero.
Well, I would like to tell you about a real Hero, my Hero... Jesus Christ, the King of Glory! He walked quietly among us two thousand years ago, and yet remains to this day the single most controversial figure to have ever walked through history. Oh, He didn't look much like a hero. He used neither brawn nor bullets to fight evil. Instead, He preached to overcome evil with good and to turn the other cheek. His only weapons were truth and love. To understand this Hero more fully, we need to go back in time, back to the beginning...
The setting is planet earth. God has just created all the heavens and the earth by the power of His own spoken Word. All that exists has been made by Him. The stars and the other planets are spangled across the heavens. Plant life is flourishing. The seas teem with fish. And every kind of winged creature fills the air. God is now ready for the finishing touch, the crowning glory of His creation... man. God forms the first man, Adam, from the dust of the earth. He breathes the breath of life into Adam and he becomes a living soul. Eve, Adam's helper, is formed from Adam's rib. This man and his wife are placed in a paradise, a garden called Eden.
God is delighted with His creation. Adam is delighted with his God. They communicate openly and freely. God now has an object or recipient for His love. Man is given dominion over the earth and told to subdue it. All the trees of the Garden are to be used freely for food, with one exception... the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The command is given, "Do not eat of this tree, for when you do you shall surely die."
All is well in Paradise until the tempter, Satan himself, appears on the scene. Hating God and desiring to hurt Him, Satan sets out to destroy what God loves most, man. Drawing attention to the one restriction placed on man, the serpent tells the woman she will not surely die if she eats the fruit from the forbidden tree. Doubt enters into the heart of Eve. The serpent further tempts her with pride. She is told that the fruit would afford her great wisdom, wisdom that would elevate her to God's level. The serpent is well acquainted with this kind of pride. Eve yields, eats the fruit and gives it to her husband. Adam also eats. The deed is done. A holy and righteous God has been sinned against and disobeyed. The man falls that day and all mankind with him, for a sinful nature will now pass on to all generations. Adam and Eve's very spirits die that day. Their flesh will follow soon enough. Curses are pronounced on all three guilty parties... man, woman and serpent.
The beauty and tranquility of the Garden are now shattered. Adam and Eve watch in horror as God draws first blood. The victim is an innocent animal, perhaps a lamb, slaughtered to provide clothing for man's nakedness. Expelled from the Garden and heavy with guilt, the man and his wife are now enslaved in a hostile world darkened by sin. Death reigns on planet earth.
Down through the centuries the bitter cycle of birth, sin, suffering and death continued. Man struggled on in fear. Afraid to live, but more afraid to die. Yet God had not abandoned His beloved creation. Some called on His Name and found mercy and grace.
To be continued...
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This is an excellent piece of writing, Linda. What more can I say? As I have told you before, you have a talent for writing and you are using it. Not only do you have something to say, but you do it in such a way as to draw the reader to the end. You check your spelling, grammar and punctuation. In other words, you don't just put words on the page, you make them attractive to the reader. One does not get bogged down by the mechanics of writing. God bless you in your writing and in every aspect of your life.