I am amazed with just the impact of man’s sins upon the earth. Even the earth groans because of our sins? Who would think lightly of sin, think again!
When Adam and Eve sinned against our creator, the ground is cursed. The ramifications is heartbreaking and knowing and seeing the brokenness due to this curse, we long for the adoption of God and embrace the immortality that Adam and Eve had before the fall. How do we get out of this ?
Theologians call it as the original sin. The original sin started a tidal wave that is almost unstoppable and if it were not for the incarnation of Christ the Son of God unto the world, we’d face nothing but hell.
Romans 8: 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
Because of our sin, the whole world groans. This is amazing. The whole world groans! What does that mean? The pain felt by the world is palpable. We have underestimated or trivialized the pain we inflicted on the earth. The whole creation is in bondage to corruption. And I take it to be a moral spiritual and hence physical corruption. God cursed the earth after Adam sinned against God. Genesis 3: cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; (ESV) 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
Ground is cursed because of Adam. There is consequence to be paid. Just look at BBC Earth and watch in horror how a leopard devours a deer and other animals. In blood they quenched their thirst and hunger. The ground is cursed for sure. Before the fall, there was no killing as such as all animals are vegetarian eating plants. Sad. And that’s only the animals. Haven’t you read the human trafficking for prostitution of even young girls like 10 years old? Rape of women commonly seen in wars or non wars, ethnic cleansing with millions killed, the breaking up of families, gender sexuality confusion, the list goes on…..Do you see why we groan deeply? Not just the earth and animals? We are all groaning.
That’s why there’s a longing to (ESV) 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. We wait for adoption. We wait eagerly for adoption as sons and the redemption of our bodies. Our bodies will decay after we die, but the new body we will receive will never decay but will last forever with God. We long to be clothed with immortality which was what Adam had before the fall. We were created for eternity but Adam lost it, now it took the second Adam, the Son of God himself to reclaim it back by his atonement.
That longing for redemption and adoption is within every heart of every Christian and in fact every human beings. That means we should not be drowned by the physical world. We must let God be more real in our lives. While some of us may long for that sometimes, we are also, by the media of the world, losing sight of it and being drowned in corruption of the world. God must be so real in our lives or else we lose touch of the immortality. And the only way to do that is by coming to Christ daily and meditate on his word, pray and join a church, fellowship.
No religion can save us from this groaning. All religions tell you to try harder. Christ tells you I have done it for you, by dying on the cross. You are now welcome to my household by adoption into the family of God. All religions say follow the rules, Jesus says I am bringing you into my family. We are FAMILY!