In the beginning.
The first humans had a choice.
One tree was called LIFE.
Fruit from the other tree
The first humans did NOT choose life.
The people of Israel, the family of Abraham, they are in Egypt.
In Egypt they are slaves.
And as slaves they are hurting.
They are suffering.
They are crying out in agony.
When God hears their cries and rescues them.
With Moses’ help, God pulls them out of Egypt.
And leads them to the brink of paradise.
This paradise is a land
with rivers and pools of water,
with springs that flow in the valleys and hills,
a land that has wheat and barley,
vines, fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey.
To quote Moses, this is a land where,
And it is poised on the brink of paradise that Moses tells his nation,
‘Today I have given you a choice.
It is a choice between life and death,
between blessings and curses.'
And Moses begs.
He pleads: ‘Now choose life!’
Jesus said, 'I have come that they may have life,
But Jesus was captured.
And Jesus was tied to a tree.
And on that tree Jesus suffered.
He cried out in agony.
And on that tree Jesus died.
The one who had said he had come to bring life.
Because after two nights of Jesus’ dead body being buried in the ground,
life bursts forth from the grave.
Jesus defeats death.
Once and for all.
And life, life in all its fullness, reigns victorious.
Because in the Bible’s grand finale.
There is no more death