Now take a moment and think about Adam and Eve and the horrible mistake they made. They lived in perfection walking and talking with God. They were as intimate with the Father as any person could be, after all, God created them with His own hands and breathed His Life Breath into them. That's intimate. What more could they ask for, what more could they desire? Nothing, right?
The tempter is sneaky, conniving, devious and oh-so enticing in his lies. Even though Adam and Eve were created by God and in His image, the wily serpent slithered up to Eve and convinced her that they wouldn't die if they ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, as God had told her, AND, as an added bonus, they would be just like God. (Which they already were.) I don't need to tell the what happened, we all know.
Can you imagine the heartbreak and anguish they must have endured? All it took was one moment, one fatal moment, to cause the entire world to become hostage to the evil one. One moment to break the intimate bond between them and the Creator. One moment to bring sin into the world, and with it fear and death. (a trivia question. Who killed the first animal? Answer: God. God made clothing from skins to cover Adam and Eve's nakedness. How sad.)
Adam and Eve were forced to live out the rest of their long lives in a world now cursed. They felt the anguish first hand when Cain murdered Abel; one brother slaying the other. Their grief had to be immeasurable, especially knowing it all happened because of them.
Adam and Eve, though they had sinned and had been banished from the garden, held strong to their faith in the One True God. We only have to take a look at their lineage to attest to this fact. And God's love for them never wavered, even though they sinned. He loved them before He created them, and he loves them still.
We don't have the ability to turn back time and undo our mistakes, and that is good. We would likely do more damage than good. Which is why we need to be so very careful of the choices we make and the words we say. I am so very thankful that even though we can't undo our mistakes, we can be forgiven for them. All we have to do is turn to Jesus.
It was in a garden that the first Adam said, "Not Your will but mine be done" ushering in sin and death. It was in a garden that the second Adam, Jesus Christ, said, "Not my will but Yours be done," smashing the head of the serpent under His heel. It was through His death on the cross and His Resurrection that Jesus, the second Adam, saved us from the curse of sin and death. We have been set free! All I can say is Thank-you Jesus!
I wrote an article called, "It Is Good," on this very subject, inspired by a song called, Good (Adam and Eve) sung by Matthew West and Leigh Nash. If you would like to read it and also watch the music video just click on the "Church Articles page" above.