Jesus is the example of who God created us to be!
God created mankind with an identity, a blessing and a future that Adam and Eve forfeited - they actually gave it all over to the serpent (satan) in the Garden of Eden! (Genesis chapters 1, 2 & 3).
When God created mankind - He created us in His image and in His likeness; He blessed us to be fruitful, to multiply, replenish the earth, subdue it and have dominion over it. And, then He told "us" (by way of Adam & Eve), to eat from the Tree of Life (and if so, live forever) - but, eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and you will die. (Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 2:8-17; Genesis 3:22)
What this means is:
- IMAGE: mankind had the nature of God - we were "crowned" with His Glory, and that connected us to Him.
- LIKENESS: God breathed the breath of life into mankind, giving us the ability to be like Him.
- BLESSING: Built into the blessing was everything we needed for provision, authority, dominion and success.
- POWER: God knew what was waiting for mankind and gave us all the power to overcome the enemy.
- LIFE: The Tree of Life was the gift of eternal life, abundant life and a life of wisdom and truth.
Then along came the serpent - he deceived Eve and she convinced Adam (who was there with her!) to disobey God's instructions NOT to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of GOOD and EVIL that they would die. This was like eating a poisonous fruit that tainted the blood of mankind with a deadly disease!
The life God breathed into Adam and Eve was their (our) spirit and that's what DIED. Think about it this way: God is LIFE, right? And what's the opposite of life? Easy... it's death! God wanted us to eat of the Tree of Life - and keep for all eternity the LIFE He breathed in us... But instead Adam and Eve ate of the tree that God said would cause their death and separate them from Life.
And the consequences of those actions meant they were no longer connected to God, crowned with His Glory and able to receive all they would ever need from God. And worse off, the enemy warped our self-IMAGE, lied to us about our LIKENESS, destroyed our BLESSING, stole our POWER and dominion for himself, and killed us off from eternal life with God!
But because God loves us SO much, He came to earth as a man (Jesus). In fact, God - wrapped in flesh and disguised as a man - came to earth, free of sin and full of power - the only man with blood pure enough to wash our own blood clean of the taint of eternal death and to cure mankind of the sin of separation from God.
And so, what does all this have to do with Jesus... or you?
Jesus came to give us our life back; to cleanse our blood from sin and death; to "buy" back our lives from the enemy, redeeming us at the cost of His own life and anoint us with the power to overcome the enemy once again.
So, just exactly how did he do this?
The TRUTH of the matter is, the "fruit," "trees," and "serpent," of the garden are all biblical symbols for what we believe, who we believe and who we are connected to. Adam and Eve chose to believe the enemy instead of God, thereby separating themselves and all of mankind from God (who IS Life) and binding themselves to death and separation (which is sin) through our sin sickened blood. You see, Leviticus 17:11 says, "the life of a thing is in the blood." And we know that's true because our doctor can find out very nearly any thing about our lives and what is making us sick through our blood.
Belief tainted our blood with death. But by believing in Jesus and that He died on the cross, shedding His blood for the forgiveness of our sins - our blood is cleaned and our spirits are reborn unto life - everlasting life - once again! And not only that, but through our relationship with Him - following Him and learning about Him - Jesus restores our IMAGE AND LIKENESS in God; our BLESSING and DOMINION in the earth and our POWER over the enemy!
In fact, Jesus IS who we are meant to be! (1 John 4:17) And all we have to do to receive all God has for us is to pray and BELIEVE: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not die, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) "That if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. (Romans 10:9) It's easy to speak those verses into a prayer of BELIEF. And, if you pray that prayer - you are cleansed; you are forgiven of ALL your sin; you are connected back to God; you have everlasting, eternal LIFE and you ARE saved!
Welcome to the FAMILY of God!