And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17 ESV
They like walking together. In the twinkling embrace of morning dew, after meals with laughter in every course. She finds herself looking in that direction. Why would He tell Adam this is different? She’s eaten everything else in their garden home. The tree doesn’t look dangerous, as with all His creation, it’s perfect. A liar’s twisted words take root, she pulls a piece, shares with him. For a moment nothing feels different before bringing the fruit to her lips. And then shame envelops her, eyes dropping, fear spreading. She understands now this was the moment He wanted to protect them from. The moment when death became an inescapable part of their future. The moment a Hero would need to save them.
Sometimes I think I’m the hero of my story. It’s less comfortable owning that I don’t trust Him so I choose sin. Sin seems little sometimes and yet it took the innocent death of the Son of God to free us. As there was a choice in the Garden of Eden, there was a choice for Jesus to save us. Jesus chose to follow the Father into our redemption. Jesus is the Hero of our story, now and forevermore!
Father, thank You for giving us so much truth through Your word. Every story is a reminder of how sin broke everything and through Your plans, healing is available for everyone. Please give me an opportunity to tell someone of Jesus’ choice to be our hero today. In Your Son’s name I pray, Amen.
What Bible verses do you know, or can find, that praise Jesus, our Hero?
How can you explain Jesus’ heroic actions to someone today?