Romans 5: 6-21, Genesis 3
The late brilliant scholar, C. S. Lewis, in The Magician’s Nephew, told the story of a boy who desired above all else to find the cure for his mother’s terminal illness. Aslan, the great lion, has charged Digory with picking the fruit and bringing it back to him.
Yet the beautiful and alluring lady offers him the opportunity to take his future into his own hands as she tempts him with power to restore his mother, and immortality for both if he will join her in eating the forbidden fruit.
But having the power to control his destiny is not the entire truth. For along with disobedience comes a different kind of death. It is a death of the soul. The boy would indeed live forever, growing more alone and isolated, and losing fellowship with Aslan. Or, he could align himself with the witch, pursuing dominion and power over all creation.
The charge to him by Aslan prevails. He turns from the temptation, picks the apple, and returns to Aslan. Because he obeys, his mother’s health is restored, and Aslan banishes the witch.
Lewis is not writing allegory, yet we are reminded of the story of creation and the temptation of Adam and Eve. In Romans Paul asserts that in Adam all fell as Adam ceased to obey God. As he joins Eve in her disobedience and yields to Satan’s lies, they are both banished from the garden.
Rather than taking destiny into his own hands, Adam has fallen into a world for which he was not created. He will encounter pain, sorrow, treachery, and death.
The Lenten season reminds us that the Father did not leave Adam’s race in the predicament that Adam freely chose. Jesus, the Christ, has by His atonement, healed the wound that Satan inflicted when Adam disobeyed. In Christ, each person may now choose to live a life of joyful obedience to God’s commands. In so doing, our destiny is once again aligned with God’s purpose, and in this world, we now have a Friend who comes to aid and comfort us in our pain and sorrow, and who brings to us hope and resurrection.
Lord Jesus, we give You thanks and praise for not abandoning Your plan for Adam’s race but coming to our aid, You restored to all mankind the possibility to follow your commandments, to align our lives by Your law of love, and live as both forgiven, and forgiving people. Amen.