6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realised that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:6-7
So far, up to this point, it has been a perfect story, literally. God had been creating and had set things up in a perfect way. All that created human beings knew up until this point was how to enjoy God’s company and how to co-exist harmoniously with God’s creation. Unfortunately, one of God’s fallen angels got to them and deceived them. They bought into the lie that said that God had lied to them, and from then on everything changed. All of a sudden, a perfect world became imperfect. A world made for God’s glory became tainted with sin and ugliness. And that is why we see so much of it today. You and I have been affected by this because Adam is our father and Eve our mother and they have passed down the line this ugliness of sin.
Don’t be alarmed when the world around you seems so evil and when people do some very ungodly things. Benjamin Watson, a Christian NFL player was interviewed by CNN yesterday concerning a fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman, obviously a racially charged scenario. “The only way to really cure what’s on the inside is understanding that Jesus Christ died for our sins,” Watson told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. Within a few seconds, he was cut off and replaced by a green fuzzy screen. Gay marriages have now become the norm in some parts of the world and are becoming increasingly so in some churches. Those same people that cut Watson off will be this month celebrating Christmas with their families and yet they completely miss the point. Mr Watson is right and that is why we have Christmas. We needed a Saviour to save us from the mess. And that is why Jesus came.
Today, let us pray and thank God for his plan for salvation. And let us pray about the sinful state of the world. Let us ask God that people in our neighbourhoods, workplaces and families would not cut Jesus off this Christmas but that they would appreciate and receive for themselves what he has done to save them. God is at work. Let us join him and let us remain prayerful.