“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.”
One of the first commands given by the Lord. Adam as we know did eat of the tree and died. But what is death? For many, it’s a simple ceasing to exist, an annihilation. If this were so, Adam would have lived forever if not for the consumption of forbidden fruit. Yet because he did, he is not here with us today.
But that isn’t all.
Physical aging and death were minimal compared to the treacherous state the first man found himself in. God had breathed into him the breath of life. John 4:4 says about Jesus, God Himself,
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
Jesus told his disciples and all in earshot that he was the way, the truth, and the LIFE. So to clarify first, the reason there is life in us and the world around us is simply because God is life. Adam, in his blameless state, was alive as God is alive. But then he opened the door to death.
Death is the opposite of life. The man who walked and talked with God now hid in the brush from the very presence of the Almighty. Something happened that was deeper than physical deterioration.
Death can easily be defined as separation. Physical death is the mere separation of the soul from the body. But the consequences of sin run deeper.
Spiritual death is the ravaging enemy of every person born on this planet. The awful state of being separated from God. Being born spiritually dead, nobody has the ability or desire to have a relationship with the Lord. This condition will keep us out of Heaven and from ever experiencing true love, joy, peace, and hope. And even worse, if we physically die still spiritually dead, we face eternal death. Being separated from God forever.
And as spiritually dead beings, we embrace the death. We don’t seek God, want to know God, nor have anything to do with God. Everything good that had been planned for us from the beginning is now void in our lifeless plight. And God became our enemy.
But praise to the Lord that he never stopped seeking us. He still loved us so much that he came as a man and died our death for us. On a cruel cross, Jesus breathed his last so we would have the chance to live for the first time.
“For while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” (Rom. 5:8)
Three days later, Jesus rose from the grave defeating death once and for all. By his victory, death lost its power and hold over all of mankind. For those who believe in Jesus’ name for the forgiveness of sins gains the one beautiful death.
“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 6:9-11)
It tell us in Scripture that our sins are forgiven if we trust in Christ’s death and resurrection. To forgive means to send away. God removes our sin from us as far as the east is from the west.
If you’ve believed in Christ, you are now dead. Dead to sin. The funeral that brings joy and life. You are alive in God. Brought near to him by the precious blood of his Son. Blessed be that beautiful death. Amen and amen.