Recently at LifePoint, we began a series called Genesis: A Story of Pursuit. We are seeing through every story in Genesis, that God is relentlessly pursuing those he made in his image…us. Even after all of man’s failures—the eating of the fruit, the murder of Abel, the evil on earth before the flood, and the pride of the people in Babel—God continues to run after mankind.
Before the deception in the Eden, Adam and Eve were in perfect communion with God. Walking with him together in the garden—naked and unashamed. All that God created was good. Adam and Eve were there to enjoy and serve the Lord. When sin entered the world, communion was broken and they were banished from His perfect presence. Out of Adam and Eve’s decision to choose sin over God, came the greatest need that has ever or will ever exist—the need for reconciliation. This would become the center point of the people of Israel’s worship. God showed that death was the price of sin as he clothed Adam and Eve with animal skins after the fall. For hundreds and hundreds of years, priests would continue to offer sacrifices in attempt to cover the sins of the people of Israel, but ultimately this system would simply show that we cannot bring about our own reconciliation.
In the end, only one could satisfy our greatest need:
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:12-14
So how should the fall effect the way we worship today? Allen Ross says in Recalling the Hope of Glory, “Before sin entered the world, ‘worship’ was in effect pure celebration, adoration, and enjoyment of God; but after sin entered the world, ‘worship’ had to include the process of gaining access into the presence of God as a new creation for that celebration.” Now, we not only worship God as our Creator, but us our Redeemer. The one who pursues us no matter what. As we sing, pray, give our tithes, take communion, hear the Word and do whatever else we do in our worship services, we must never forget the separation and brokenness that Jesus healed for those of us he has called to be his saints. If we fail to acknowledge the fall in our worship, it will be impossible for us to understand the power of the cross. For it was by, through, and for Jesus that God created the universe and all of its wonders, and it’s through the cross of Jesus, that God creates in us a new heart and new life so that we can ultimately gain access to “Eden” again and spend eternity resting in the sanctuary of his presence.
Post by Micah Huebner, LifePoint Stewarts Creek Worship Pastor. Micah has a strong desire to see all people passionately worshiping God in spirit and in truth. Micah and his wife, Ashley, have a 2 year old daughter named Juliet and are in the process of adopting. You can connect with Micah on Twitter and Facebook.