What is lost in Eden’s garden restored in Christ Jesus!
“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.” John 5:39.
The more you think about the Scripture called the Bible, it amazes your minds and hearts. The Bible has 66 books written by 40 authors over a period of 1600 years. The Bible is written by forty authors who lived on different continents at different times. They all differed in their ages, cultural backgrounds, and style of life. Their lifestyles were also different over the 1600 years because authors included kings, prophets, priests, soldiers, shepherds, fishermen, tax collectors, and physicians. However, they all wrote about one theme- the redemption of humanity. The scarlet thread of the redemption plan is from the beginning book called Genesis to the last book Revelation.
Beloved, this is the reason why the Bible did not originate from this earth. It originated in God’s mind, and the Bible itself testifies that it did not originate in the human will. However, 40 human authors over such a long period in history penned it. 2nd Peter 1:21 says, they “spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” It is a fascinating usage when it says, ” the authors were carried along by the Holy Spirit” of God to write the Scripture called the Bible.
Jesus said to the Jews who meticulously search the Bible because they knew in it they can find eternal life our today’s insight, “the very scriptures testify about me.”
Listen, on the day of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, two of his disciples were going to a village called Emmaus. They were very sad about the crucifixion of Jesus because they hoped He was the one who would free them. While they were walking and talking, the resurrected Jesus approached and began walking with them. They saw him but did not recognize him. Jesus asked, “what are you discussing”? They stopped and looked very sad about what happened in Jerusalem –the death of Jesus. However, they said few went to the tomb of Jesus early on that morning and did not find his body there. They who went to the tomb reported they had seen angels who said that Jesus is alive. Some men from us also went to the tomb and found it empty. You know, they were sad and puzzled with all this news.
At that time, Jesus said to them, “You are slow to believe everything the prophets already told in the Bible. Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into his glory? Jesus began explaining to them what was said about him throughout the pages Bible from Moses’s teaching and the prophets.”
Later, when they reached home, and Jesus disappeared, they said to each other, “weren’t we excited when he talked with us on the road and opened up the meaning of the Scriptures for us?”
Is there any other book on the face of the earth written by 40 authors of different lifestyles over 1600 years portraying one theme? What are the odds of seeing a book like it? From the first page of the Bible to the last page of the Bible, there is only one central theme- how to come to God and enjoy His peace and fellowship. In other words, how to get redeemed or saved to experience God’s loving companionship is the theme of the Bible.
And Jesus is the fulfillment of all the Scripture. All 66 books in the Bible pointed toward Jesus as the only savior who can save people from their sins, reconcile people with God the Father, grant forgiveness, and eternal life. What we lost in Eden’s garden – the sweet and loving fellowship and friendship with God – is restored to us by the sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection of Christ on our behalf, and is appropriated by faith and trust in the work of Jesus. In short, Jesus paid the ransom for our redemption by His blood. The Bible wraps the redemption plan in its last book called Revelation, by portraying the picture of God dwelling with His people and wiping every tear from their eyes. Revelation 21:3-4.
The Bible asserts this truth – the blood of Christ shed on the cross is the only way to get reconciled with God and live with Him in heaven at the moment of your death. Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”
“Father in heaven, The Bible that you gave me in my hand amazes me because it did not come from the earth. It came from you and every word of it is God-breathed as the Bible asserts me. Only You can produce such a wonderful book. I know you wrote a personal letter to me in the pages of the Bible and I can read and understand it in my own language. How wonderfully you restored all we lost in the garden of Eden by the person and work of your Son and the only savior of the world, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died, buried, and rose again for my sins to restore me to full fellowship with God. I accept Jesus as my savior and Lord. Thank you for saving me and granting me eternal life. In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.”