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Eve restored

on July 3, 2013

I was reading an article about women in the Church today. And as I was talking about it to my husband afterwards, a thought struck me.

You know Peter, he of the three denials? Remember all those sermons you’ve heard about how Jesus said “Peter, do you love me?” three times, thus showing he was forgiven and restored to full relationship with God and no less than the disciples who had not deliberately denied Him three times?
Probably you do. It’s a popular theme, and a good one.

Here’s the thing.

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.*

And then:

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”**

Eve brought sin to the world. And the Gospels, without exception, tell us that womankind brought the first news of the resurrection to the world. Forgiven, restored, no less than.

Truly,

there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.***

*Genesis 3:6, NIV
**Matthew 28:8-10 NIV; see also John 20:18, Mark 16: 7 and 10, and Luke 24: 9-10
*** Galatians 3:28

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