by: Wayne Schueler
Sermon Notes from Lent 1 - Genesis 3:1-21
The topic most talked about in conversation is what’s wrong with our world.
In a Mess
Somehow, God’s beautiful creation has been all messed up.
Sin is nothing new, you might say it’s as old as Adam and Eve.
Everything was going well in the Garden of Eden with God in charge placing man there to cultivate and guard it.
Adam is happy, even happier when God gives him Eve - everything they could ever need or want.
The evil one selected the serpent as his instrument to throw suspicion on God asking them, “Did God really say . . . ”
Adam and Eve were presented with a choice - to follow God’s will or to give in to the temptations of the snake.
They had never hidden from God, but now hid having broken their relationship with God.
All people from that day onward would be stained with the same disobedience and sin.
We can offer excuses but it in no way wipes away the fact that we have done evil, disobeyed God, brought hurt and disharmony.
St. Paul sums it up well talking about his own problem with sin, “Even when I want to do right, I cannot. Instead of doing what I know is right, I do wrong.” (Rom 7:19).
We begin Lent reminded that our sin caused God to send His Son to become human, then to suffer and die even though innocent.
We gather to receive forgiveness for all our sin, reminded again that God loves us even though we don’t deserve it.