Foot Steps in the Sand
Jesus passed over the same ground as Adam and Eve and yet maintained a relational integrity on both the vertical and the horizontal planes. Where Adam and Eve failed we see Christ footsteps going in a new direction. Christ remained faithful to God and he remained faithful to us.
Often, we say, “How can Christ understand what we go through? How can He understand the trials and temptations that we must meet every day?”
As Satan came to our first parents subtly tempting them to doubt God’s love and cease trusting Him, so also he came to Christ. According to the account given to us in Matthew 4:1-11, the devil’s attack on Jesus took the form of three temptation. In the first temptation, Satan sought to drive a wedge between Jesus and the Father by casting doubt upon their relationship, he did this by saying: “If You are the Son of God . . . .”
Then upon failing on this front he confronted Jesus in another way. “You’re in a predicament, Jesus, but if the Father does love you, then surely He’ll relieve your suffering and protect you from harm.
If Jesus had doubted the Father’s love, He would have yielded to the temptation and asserted independence from the Father. But His confidence in God’s love remained unbroken. In the third temptation, Christ was pressed by Satan to acknowledge his dominance over humanity by worshipping him. If Jesus had yielded, it would have amounted to an abandonment of humanity for purposes of self-exaltation. But His love for us remained constant. Jesus retracted the steps of our first parents and redeemed their failures. Where they veered away, He stayed true and created a new set of foot prints for us to follow
In Christ, and only through Christ can relational integrity is restored. Jesus invites us to follow his footstep and place complete trust in His Father and our Heavenly Father, to live a life victorious over sin.
After all, what do you have to lose by following Christ’s footsteps. Absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.