Genesis 2:7 – “Then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.”
This April we lost one of the remaining charter members of Treasure Lake Church, Charlotte Bushong. She was a cornerstone of our church and a faithful servant of the Lord until the end. The passing of loved ones often highlights important elements in the world we live. One such element is the separation that death brings. A separation from life. Separation from the things of this world that we love and enjoy, separation from the activities we love to participate in, and separation from the ones we love so very much. But this is not what we were created for.
Genesis 2 tells us the story of God’s goodness and greatness spilling out into truly remarkable creative activity. Not creative like we can be in art, music, or industry, but in a wholly unique way. Here we read of God doing something that no human has ever seen or done – create life from non-life by breathing into the nostrils of the first man and woman. Here we see the very breath of God filling man and woman not only with breath, but with a self-conscience eternal soul. And not only that, but God blessed man with the ability to reproduce that life and gave him the command to do so. This is what God does, he gives life, and he is worthy of praise because of it.
In stark contrast, however, we are introduced to what we experience at funerals and what we read about in Genesis 3. Here we see man is deceived, sins against God, and is separated from the life that God freely gave. This separation is what we call death and it is not God’s perfect plan. Jesus, being God and taking on flesh, experienced death too. First with the passing of those around him, such as his friend Lazarus. There Jesus was so moved by the separation of death, he weeped. And then Jesus tasted death for himself as we remember on days like Good Friday. Jesus knew first hand what we all experience, and he knew how terrible it was.
Why would Jesus do that? Why would God want or need to taste death? So that he could overcome it! This is what we celebrate on Easter Sunday morning! This is the morning we proclaim “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” Through all the worldly trappings of this most holy weekend we should look hard and see that the greatest act of recreation of life has occurred. God, through tasting and overcoming death through resurrection, has breathed new life into man. The life that was taken from the first Adam has now been restored through Jesus, the second and final Adam.
And this is our great hope. That God has breathed new life into us because of what Jesus has done. And now we get to spread that hope and that new life to the world! We get to live new lives full of grace, truth, generosity, and compassion, knowing that though we were once dead, we have now been made alive. God is truly the giver of life!
We at Treasure Lake Church pray you have found this brief meditation encouraging. We invite all Treasure Lake residents, and those in the surrounding community, to gather with us as we worship the God that gives us life. We are located at 1427 Bay Rd. and gather weekly for worship services on Saturday at 6:00pm (children’s ministry provided), and on Sunday at 8:30am (no children’s ministry) and 11:00am (children’s ministry provided) as well as Sunday School on Sunday mornings at 10:00am for all ages.