In the begining, we humans had a chance to choose between two ways of living. One was ‘knowing good and evil’. But it was not so easy to choose good over evil. Cain, the firstborn human, did not choose good over evil. More and more bad choices made for a world full of people who dealt with disputes in violent ways. Now ask why a flood washed the earth clean of all people except eight.
Noah kicked off the new try by getting rather drunk. But if anyone deserved a beer, it was Noah. Nevertheless, nothing in human nature had been changed. How is it God allows people to do as they please?
This question was answered with a terrible thing where Jesus was killed without mercy by us. I include myself in the crowd yelling ‘crucify him’. Or did you hammer a nail? Or did you pass by and mock him as he died.
But let us move on. Past the gravesite. Into the new age. It is a new age, you know. The Law and the Prophets are over. The time of relying on a sense of right and wrong is over. We can and should move beyond ‘good and evil’. That’s right.
The other choice was and is: Life. It’s not a tree now. The hand that reaches out does not find fruit but it’s still a very real choice. Jesus said, “I am The Life”. The choosing is continuous.
Can we embrace a new way of thinking? Can we employ a new sense of Life over Death? What? You don’t have that power? Why not? Didn’t Jesus use his strange method, dying, to make all good available to you and me? Didn’t God pour out his Holy Spirit on all people? Yes, I’m pretty sure he did.
No excuses for us. The old deal is off the table. The new deal is the regeneration of the spirit inside a person. Death gives way to Life inside. But again we choose between Life and death. The old method of choosing good over evil never worked. Rules gave a society guidence in choosing, that’s all.
The Tree of Life is not on earth. The choice was always choosing Jesus. We just didn’t know his name. Now we do.
The new way is open. Let us follow him to glory. Yes, that is what God wants for you and me. He wants to glorify you. New body included. Never able to die. Kinda like angels but not.
Choose now. Keep choosing. Make mistakes. Accept correction. Get back up. Walk on. Keep following. Look at him. Ask him stuff. Ask him for stuff you need. Do it like he did it. Right now. In this moment that will become eternal.