The Trinity’s Response to the Fall
“…and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:7-9)
God’s immediate response to Adam and Eve’s rebellion was pursuit.
As the story about God’s pursuit of sinners begins to unfold in Genesis 3, there’s nothing but sacrifice, humility, and relentless pursuit of the ones He loves: the ones who have rejected, betrayed, abandoned, and rebelled against Him.
Leaving the perfect community of the Trinity, the Son was sent in human flesh to take on our sin and our shame and to give us His righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21).
Jesus did not risk His life. He GAVE His life. It wasn’t a gamble or a 50/50 chance whether He was going to suffer and die. The Father GAVE His only son, so that we might have eternal life (John 3:16).
The Father, Son, and Spirit knew the pain, sorrow, rejection, and betrayal that would come from the love they desired to share with us. Yet they pursued; faithfully, intentionally, and selflessly.
I must ask myself, do I pursue people like this? Do I pursue people with zero guarantee of a reward, and fully expecting pain, rejection, and a continual death to self? How often do I consider the sacrifice necessary to pursue those God has placed in my life?
The bad news is WE CAN’T LOVE LIKE THIS! But the good news is, Jesus CAN and WILL through us, “because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:5). As we pursue Him, the overflow of our relationship with the Triune God will pour out into the lives of those around us. He will pursue them through us, in His strength and with His love. We’re active participants in His story, on His mission, to reconcile all things to Himself (Col. 1:20).
We can rest in knowing God has responded to us, and He will never stop pursuing us.