John 15:23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also.
The Word doesn’t get any more plain-spoken than Jesus having to speak such a dark truth about himself. It’s stunning. Jesus was the perfect re-creation of God on earth. He was the prism that would bring the light of renewal to our relationship with…well…Himself. Light is the only way to combat hatred.
The word “prism” reminded me of this photo I’d taken. I had several small prisms placed in windows and throughout the day as sunlight would pass through them their rainbows of color would catch my eye around the house. I’d found this empty nest, filled it with pretend eggs and set it on the mantle window sill. I had no idea of how dramatic that ordinary nest could be until the sunlight through the prism lit it.
The primary message of my photo is pretty obvious. When Jesus is the prism that light is filtered through there’s a dramatic change that brings to mind God’s promise of the rainbow as a sign of His covenant. There’s an equally effective message for the dark half of the photo. Jesus came into the world “as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”
Hebrews 8:10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
11 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
The Revised Story
There was no confusion about Adam and Eve’s genealogy. God had created them himself and placed his own DNA within them. The tragic story of what they lost when they were expelled from that first Garden became human destiny. They had to leave minus God’s genetic link; his own DNA.
DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid. 1. a self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes. It is the carrier of genetic information.
Our genealogy was created there in the Garden and that never changed. We are still God’s creation…but with that big genetic loss. We no longer carry God’s unique and perfect DNA within us but Hebrews tells us The Revised Story.
Adam and Eve’s loss no longer has to be our destiny. We no longer need to be satisfied with just a cover-up. God has dealt with our genetic loss with his promise: “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”