So God Came to Us:
God With Us
by Tyler Pieper
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
“…knowing good and evil.”
You’ll note, it wasn’t mentioned that we’d know how to operate in the middle of knowing good and evil, just that we would know it. You know how we talk about reading the fine print of something we sign up for? Yeah… this would have been a good time to do that. I don’t know about you, but this is where my heart sank into an entirely new understanding of what happened that day. It is clear that the serpent understood that God would, from that point on, have to write out the law for us. Imagine the heartbreak, knowing all He means to you in this season of your life, that he had to place this fence around our being.
To this day, we can still fall victim to focusing so heavily on everything that is against us and all that we have done wrong. This is used for shame. This is used to condemn. The devil throws the law in our face and shouts, “God! They can’t do that. You aren’t supposed to do that. Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! YOU’RE GUILTY!”
The law simply could not get us to God. So, God came to us.
4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
This was an extravagant embodiment (quite literally) of love. But in order to understand this as the kindness that it is, we must understand the entirety of what Jesus picked up when He enveloped humanity. He felt the whole range of human emotion, and was still God. He came to us so that we would not be alone, and He was still God. He never sinned but became sin, and was still God.
We didn’t just fall into sin one day, you and I were born into it. The entirety of our lives are spent fighting against it. This is what brings magnitude and meaning to Jesus’ birth. He, on the other hand, was born in the nature of God without the lineage of sin through man. The virgin birth.
Humanity betrayed Him, so He became human.
He killed all separation.
He traded your sin for a garment white as snow.
No more gun. The enemy is disarmed. Condemnation is dead.
This is the love of the Father.