THERE’S a myth that Jesus Christ was ‘born’ some 2,000 years to Nazarene parents, the virgin Mary and Joseph, the carpenter.
But we also read that immediately after Adam and Eve were cast away from the Garden of Eden, Jesus walked near that Tree of Knowledge of which bitten fruit became the very origin of a new irreversible chapter.
He directed His holy steps towards the serpent, who was joyfully dancing around the tree with laughter and words of pride in celebration of his deceitful victory. Upon seeing the Lord approaching, he stopped and with an arrogant smile painted on his face, he walked towards Him. He then kissed Jesus on one cheek and said: “Oh Lord, I am so sorry for the loss.
Those two just didn’t seem to love You after all” Jesus Said to him: “We have decided to give them the chance to still live without immediate eternal perdition, contrarily to the way it was done unto you” Upon these words, the Devil spoke in the serpent with all his evil anger: “You indeed have done differently from what was done unto me but I will strangle them with sin and pain in life and with damnation and death in my eternal kingdom.
They are now mine!” In response to this statement, the Lord of Lords Said: “Then, since you are to detain them as they made a covenant with you by breaking Our Own, tell me: what can I do to take them back?” The serpent, now grinning with boastful arrogance, replied:
“There is nothing You can do to have them back! Nothing will ever be enough for I am thirsty of their blood and souls. Why would You want these traitors back with You? Haven’t they already shown You enough disobedience by wanting to be like unto God?” Jesus replied:
“Let me ask you this way: why don’t you shift your hatred entirely upon Me? Is there something you would rather like to do unto Me?” The serpent, surprised by such love which he never could grasp due to his malicious nature and blinding pride, said: “Hmmmm…let me think. There might be something that I have waited to do to You for a very long time” Jesus said: “Do tell.
I am listening” Then the serpent looked into Christ’s glorious eyes and said: “I want them to spit on You. I want them to insult You, humiliate You, slander You, condemn You! I even want them to accuse You of coming from me. And mostly, I want them to flagellate and crucify You because I want All Your Blood and Flesh! Only for all this I will hand You the keys of Hell and let You take them away from me” At that point, the now smiling Only Begotten Son Said: “Done Deal” and walked away.
My favourite proposition is that Christ was the first and best environmentalist who ever walked on Planet Earth; for believers the best way to show they love Him is to do what He, too, loved most: A love for the living environment.
To begin with, plant a tree and take good care of it; for it’s not for nothing that human life began on garden – until we lost it to the biblical Serpent as we’ve retraced from the story above.
Indeed, as we remember He was crucified and celebrate His rise from the dead – hence defeating death – we should also be thinking about the possibility of starting our gardens, no matter how small, because it will still change what’s in the air – for the better. Science tells us that trees are the lungs of the world; if you cannot plant one, at least don’t chop the one standing without good reason.
Some guys I know just want to cut down a tree at the least excuse. We once embarked on a massive tree planting campaign; the businesses were told their trading licences would be ‘frozen’ if they didn’t show evidence of having planted one.
So up went some young seedlings on concrete pavements; soon the sprouting seedlings were competing for space with power pylons and electric fixtures connecting power into shops; of course, the trees lost; they got chopped down once the campaign died out – as they often do after political reasons that started it all also died out. There’sno deal if you
cannot plant a tree of your own; you could also help by supporting those who can financially, especially villages sitting drought-prone areas, such as our new capital, Dodoma. So think trees this Easter; you may bring a smile to the Only Begotten Son