One day, there was a lover. His name was Adam.
Adam was given a task, a mission in life. He was entrusted to take care of everything around him. He was doing his job until one day, he was given something more. Someone who can be with him, someone who can suitably help him. It went on like this:
Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. Genesis 2:22
Adam, fell in love with what God gave him. His reaction was priceless. He couldn’t contain the emotions he felt, the moment God brought the woman in his life. So burst out with a song.
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” Genesis 2:23
For a moment, Adam felt in love, captivated, mesmerized, astonished, or should I say, in a moment Adam felt complete. So complete, that Adam married the woman. It was that moment when the first wedding in the Bible happened. They were even enjoying an intimate relationship with each other and there was no shame between the two of them.
Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. Genesis 2:25
It was almost a perfect love story until one day, Adam and his wife did something wrong in the eyes of God. Then God asked Adam an explanation for what went wrong, suddenly from the feeling of being in love, Adam was now blaming his wife, leaving the fault to her, even almost blaming God for giving the woman to him.
The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Genesis 3:12
Adam probably thought that this woman who fulfilled his heart’s desire was actually the one who will satisfy him. Little did he know, that getting his deepest desire could end up being the worst thing that has ever happened to him.
How could it be? That a love that felt complete suddenly turned out to be something completely the opposite? How could it be that the person whom you loved the most, can feel like the person you hate the most?
God gave Adam what he needed, but Adam loved more what was given to him instead of loving ultimately the person who gave it to him.
God knew that Adam will never be satisfied with what He gave him until Adam learns to look to Him as the ultimate LOVER of his soul. Yes God provided what he needed, but not what will complete him, because Adam already had what would complete him, and it was the relationship he had with God.
One pastor had this to say:
“It is possible to feel you are “madly in love” with someone, when it is really just an attraction to someone who can meet your needs and address the insecurities and doubts you have about yourself. In that kind of relationship, you will demand and control rather than serve and give. The only way to avoid sacrificing your partner’s joy and freedom on the altar of your need is to turn to the ultimate lover of your soul.” Timothy Keller
Fast forward many years after the story of that first lover, came another lover with a similar yet different love story. It was the story of a Lover who died giving his life for sinners. He died in the very hands of the people whom He loved. Whatever Adam did not do for his wife, this Lover did for His bride and even more. Whatever Adam failed to do for his wife, this Lover did for all of us.
The Bible tells us that at the end, there will be a last wedding. The first wedding started with Adam, but the Bible speaks of a wedding that will be so much better that the first one.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. Revelation 19:7
Timothy Keller once again, puts it this way:
“The Bible begins with a wedding, and this wedding’s original purpose was to fill the world with children of God, and it failed. Why? Because the husband in that marriage failed to step in and help his wife when she needed him. But at the end of time there will be another wedding, the marriage supper of the Lamb, and its purpose is to fill the world with children of God, and it will succeed where the first marriage failed. Do you know why? Because the first husband failed, but the second husband will not. The true Adam, Jesus Christ, will never let his wife down. He hasn’t. He won’t. Let us love him for that.”
That’s the story of our greatest lover, His name is JESUS.