Adam and Eve used their freewill to walk away from God. In doing so, they gained the freedom to live according to their own rules, by their own brain power and physical strength. However, they were living in a very, very, big house they did not build – that is the earth. A house with many rooms and many good things, and with an enemy older and wiser than them both – the devil.
Adam and Eve had the brains and strength to build a life in this physical world, but they were no match for the devil. Imagine living in a big house you did not build and having to face an enemy who knows the house thoroughly, because the enemy was there when it was being built. The devil knows the earth better than we do, and knows humanity better than we know ourselves. The devil was there when we created and knows our capacity, our appetites, our strengths, our weaknesses.
Thus, the devil is a master at deceiving humans through lies about spiritual reality, and through selling us ideas and products that satisfy our appetites and keep us addicted – coming back for more. Adam and Eve and us their children, enjoy using our freewill, but we have a wise old enemy that is an expert at encouraging us to use our freewill to walk away from God. How can we use our freewill to make a choice to walk with God and not away from God?
In john 5:1-19 (Amplified Bible) (shortened) we read: “Later on there was a Jewish feast (festival), and Jesus went up to Jerusalem… There was a certain man there who had been ill for thirty-eight years… Jesus said to him, “Get up; pick up your pallet and walk.”… that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews kept saying to the man… “It is the Sabbath, and you are not permitted to pick up your pallet… [the man] told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. For this reason the Jews began to persecute Jesus… So Jesus answered them by saying, “…the Son can do nothing of Himself [of His own accord], unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever things the Father does, the Son [in His turn] also does in the same way.”
Jesus presents a new humanity, a humanity that do nothing independent of God, but in harmony with God. The life of Jesus shows that this new humanity is able to draw on divine resources to heal the sick, feed the multitude, rise from the dead. This new humanity sounds too good be true, sounds like a fairy tale, maybe! However, until you personally and sincerely give it a try, by calling on Jesus, the firstborn of this new humanity, to show it to you, it does not seem wise to just dismiss it.
Great God, teach us more about this new humanity, Amen!