Imagine, week by week, someone who loved you very much, got up, got dressed and went to work. You never actually knew where the work place was, but each time he returned, you could tell that he had been working long and hard, and no matter how hard he worked, the excitement regarding the project never faded. Even though you pressed him for details day after day, week after week and month after month, you were never told what he was building, or why.
Finally, one day there is a break in his routine. He gets up and asks you to get up and come along to the job site as well. You don’t know what to wear or what to bring, and you cannot believe that you are going to finally see the project.
As you travel to the job site, you gradually begin to understand why it has taken so long. It turns out in order to get to the job site, you must take the space shuttle. That’s why he was gone for so long. He now has you really wondering what he has been up to.
When the shuttle arrives, you exit to some strange and beautiful world. Your senses can barely comprehend the sights and sounds.
You turn to him and ask, “Where is this place? What is all this?”
“It is for you,” he replies. “I built all of this for you. From the first dew drop to the first blade of grass.”
He gives you the grand tour and points out the fish in the sea and the birds in the air. He shows you waterfalls and flowers while assuring you that it all belongs to you. You are overwhelmed. You question your worth and his love, and conclude that one is too great and one isn’t enough.
As strange and improbable as that story is, it really happens. Only He didn’t take a space shuttle and He didn’t take weeks and months to create it. He did it in seven days, and He did it for Adam. He merely spoke the word and it was so.
He wanted lights, said as much, and there were lights in the sun, moon and stars. He wanted bodies of water and patches of earth, and we got it. He wanted the earth populated, and He made it so. Much like a foreman or quality control person, He inspected the work and concluded, “It is good.” Once He was all done He presented it like a present to Adam.
I have given and been given some gifts in my time, but none like that. You can’t just put something like a planet on layaway at K-Mart. All my gifts eventually got old or were broken.
It is hard to believe that after all of that glorious work, Adam gave it away. He was the first “re-gifter.” One day when God returned to check on Adam to see how he was enjoying his planet, He discovered that Adam had given it away.
For most, if not all of us, we would have had very little compassion for such a person. Our mindset would have been if he cares so little for such a thoughtful gift, perhaps he didn’t deserve it.
But God didn’t do that. He went to the enemy’s camp and He took back what the enemy stole. Actually, He paid for the gift. The Bible states, “Where the first Adam failed, God sent a second Adam, Jesus, to reconcile the world.” Not only did He pay for something He made, He paid the highest price. That ransom was what we celebrated this past Easter weekend – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world (us) that He gave His one and only son.” John 3:16.
“In God’s great mercy He has caused us to be born again into a living hope because Jesus Christ rose from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3.