Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
In the account of the “Fall of Mankind,” found written in the book of Genesis chapter three, it tells of our Heavenly Father and Creator, God, making garments (or coats) of “skin” to clothe his beloved; now fallen to the curse of sin, Adam and Eve. Oh, how this depicts both the joy and pain experienced on that earthly and Biblical historic day.
As God gently bent down from Heaven to pick up an animal of His own choosing to sacrifice in order to remove its outer skin to provide both warmth and coverings for his two naked children, I wonder if perhaps tears may have come to the eyes of Adam as he saw one of the animals he had earlier named lose its life for both he and his wife’s sin? And, did it also bring a tear to God’s eyes as he knew that one day in the future it would be His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to sacrifice His own life for the sins of the entire world?
So, what made this day of unprecedented grief in the Garden also joyous? Well, from a physical perspective…There stood both Adam and Eve unclothed and naked in their sin. Open shame now replaced their innocent fellowship with God; yet, looking around the Garden, even the animals wore suited “coats of skin” untarnished by sin… I can only imagine as God wrapped his children in warm skins-of-clothing that their hearts finally relaxed and rejoiced in their new garments…As did God’s! Their sin(s) were now covered through blood sacrifice…They were once again in fellowship with God…But, not without suffering lasting consequences while living on planet Earth….A consequence that will remain until the Second coming of Jesus Christ! (An event that I feel is not too far away!)
Even at that most precise moment in the life of mankind, God had a plan….Three thousand years into the future….God, himself, would one day put on garments of fleshly apparel (John 1:14) and walk among mankind as the unblemished, unspotted Lamb of God who would “take aways the sins of the world.” Praise be unto God for His Son, Jesus Christ; our blessed Savior and Redeemer!
Today, you may be standing in your own “shame of sin;” having broken fellowship with your Heavenly Father and Creator. You, too, may be in need of warmth and covering from your past or present choices and decisions that break God’s laws…However, even though God hates “sin,” He has always loved his creation (mankind)…Just as he lovingly and gently bent down that atoning day in the Garden of Eden to clothe his “sinful” children and to bring them back into fellowship with Him, He can do the same for you today…How? Through God’s eternal atonement and sacrifice for Sin, Jesus Christ, who takes away the sins of the world! Oh, the JOY of being clothe in Christ Jesus!
For God so Love the World that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life…for God sent His son not into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be Saved…” John 3:16-17.
You don’t have to spend another second “unclothed” and in shame for your sins, God loves you so much that He wants to clothe you in His own Son’s righteousness…There is ONLY one way to be reconciled, redeemed, back to God…Only ONE way to regain fellowship with your Heavenly Creator…and that’s through the Lamb of God that takes aways the sins of the world…Jesus Christ.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T. Rollins, Author