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In the Garden, God gives Adam and Eve a command with a choice. They choose temporary fruit with deadly consequences.
As a result, God has to make a choice. How will He discipline His children? It appears He is a very angry God. Never mind His children commit more grievous acts than eating a piece of enlightening produce. Apparently, earthly death is not enough. His children experience banishment, a worldwide flood, bondage, desert wandering, judges, kings, captivity, prophesies, and waiting. A lot of waiting.
A voice in the desert. A cry in a manger. A man walking on water. A vineyard on the way to another Garden. Here God’s choice becomes clear.
He gives Himself No Choice.
As Eden’s fruit is rotting away, He plants the seeds for Gethsemane.
Likewise, God gives us a command with a choice. “Go and produce lasting fruit.”
So, He can give us whatever we ask for in His name.
“Love each other.”
Under what conditions?
Under every condition.
Because we are all rotting away without that Gethsemane seed. Jesus asks if the cup can be removed, knowing He is the Lasting Fruit. He accepts the choice made in Eden that night in Gethsemane. That is why His name is synonymous with Love.
If it were up to us, we would all choose the Eden fruit. That’s why God has Gethsemane’s seed in His back pocket. That’s why when we come to the Garden alone, He is already there, waiting.
Only His Son’s death resurrects Eden’s life-giving tree.
Only His Son’s Name produces everlasting fruit.
That’s why He gives Himself the No Choice command.
Please understand. He does not love our sinful condition. He loves us.
Some things can be simply understood.
That’s why He gives us the same No Choice command.
Please understand. He does not expect us to love our sinful conditions. “Love each other.”
Some things should be simply understood.