Our Lady of Reconcilation
By Michael K. Jones

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, day and night, the animals and man. The first of men was Adam and God created Adam in His image. God saw it was not good that man should be alone so while Adam slept, God took a rib from him and created woman. Adam called her Eve and they dwelled in the Garden of Eden.

God warned that of all the fruits of the trees Adam and Eve could eat, with exception of the tree in the center of the garden. Adam and Eve were told if they ate of the tree in the middle of the garden, they would surely die.

The serpent (who Revelation 12:9 tells us is called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world) came to Eve telling her that she would not die if she ate of the forbidden fruit. The serpent told Eve that instead of death, her eyes would be open and she would be like God. 

Beguiled by the serpent, Eve ate of the tree and later convinced Adam to eat of the tree. When God realized what had happened, Adam and Eve were told of the sufferings they would bear in life for eating the forbidden fruit. Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden where they lived the rest of their days until they died and returned to dust. (Genesis Chapter 3)

In indignation, God condemned the serpent for his deception. God said, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals, and among all beasts of the field; on your belly shall you crawl, dust shall you eat, all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed; He shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for his heal.” (Genesis 3:14-15.)

What God describes to the serpent is a prophecy of a woman, one who the serpent will hate. There is only one reason the serpent would hate the woman and that would be if he could not beguile her, as he did Eve. This woman, who would not be deceived by the serpent, would have to be an extraordinary exceptional woman above all others. She would have to have conviction, strength and courage to remain founded in goodness and grace. This woman would also conceive a child who would crush the head of the serpent.

Luke Chapter 1 tells of a woman with such fortitude. Her name is Mary. An angel came to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” The rest of Luke Chapter 1 goes on to tell us that only Mary could be the woman prophesized by God when He cursed the serpent for deceiving Eve.

Mary would come to conceive the Son of God who would be offered as a sacrificial lamb that with his death, we may inherit the forgiveness of sins. Through forgiveness of sins, we may come to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, finding life everlasting and escaping the bite of death handed down by Eve in her disobedience to God.

Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and for this she would surely die because death is the inheritance of disobedience away from God. Yet, just as death is the inheritance of disobedience, Mary is the beginning of obedience returned and reconciliation back to God. Mary's Son died that we may have life in the spirit. In the spirit, death has no victory over us and the original sin of Adam and Eve no longer had dominion.   

Mary is the Mother of Reconciliation.

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