On Sundays I visit my friend in a nursing home. We chat. She asks about her friends from church and if anyone is sick. She also wonders what must change so she can go home. She is comfortable and well taken care, but she wants to go back home. Of course, I can’t change her circumstances, but I remind her that there are agencies that could help her.
Driving home I realized that my situation is similar to my friend’s. I also want to return to my lost life in the kingdom of God. However, when Adam rebelled, God locked the door, and, like all sinners, I was banned from re-entry. “After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24).
As a sinner, I can’t change my circumstances. However, someone came to give me a way home: God sent His agent of change into the world in the person of Jesus Christ. God sent His Son into the world to pay the penalty for all sin. By faith in Jesus’s work on the cross, I can one day return to the Garden. Lent is the time we remember that “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21), so that through faith in Christ my circumstance would change and the ban on the life-to-come would be lifted.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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