By His Stripes We Are Healed (Is 53:1-6)

Today is known as Easter to many… I prefer the term Resurrection Day.  This is the most holy day for Christians worldwide.  Today we celebrate Jesus conquering death, hell, & sin by raising Himself from the dead.  Jesus’ resurrection is THE pivotal event in human history.

In the beginning… before creation… God eternally existed in three persons: The Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.  They were perfect in love & harmony w/ one another… not needing anything or anyone.  They were self-sufficient in & of themselves.

God chose to create out of nothing everything by speaking it into existence.  First He created light… then separated waters … dry land… plants… the sun, moon, & stars… fish, bird, & animals.

On the sixth day God created Adam & rested on the 7th.  Adam was perfect, made by God in His image.  He placed Adam in the Garden of Eden & told him to tend it.  The only command given to Adam was not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good & evil.  If he did, that day he would die…

God brought all the animals to Adam to be named, but a helper was not found for him.  So God put Adam into a deep sleep & took a rib from his side.  From that rib God fashioned a woman.  When Adam saw her he said (Gen 2:23-24)…

“This at last is bone of my bones & flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father & his mother & hold fast to his wife, & they shall become one flesh…

Adam & Eve lived peacefully in Eden… until Eve looked at the tree from which it was forbidden to eat.  As she gazed upon it a serpent sneered to her as recorded in Gen 3:1, 4-5

Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’? 4 You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, & you will be like God, knowing good & evil.