When an Apple Falls Far from the Tree

The sad death of Apple CEO Steve Jobs is yet another example of an apple falling far from the tree. It never feels natural for us to say "goodbye" to a loved one who has died. God didn't create us to die. He created us to live forever. Doesn't "forever" feel right to you and like the way it should be? That's because God has "set eternity in the hearts of men." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Steve Jobs had so much yet to do. This creative genius was granted many natural gifts by the Lord. He used those gifts to develop technology that is used all over the world. Even in the midst of so many technological advances, we still have not put a dent in the reality of death. The apples keep falling off the trees and tears continue to be shed for those who seem like they should have been with us forever.

Adam and Eve had lots of fruit from many trees to enjoy. Why did they choose to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden? It sure left us with a big mess and a lot of heartache. "Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned." (Romans 5:12) That apple sure fell far from the tree. God didn't create man to sin. God created man to love life and to live for the Lord.

Jesus comes to the family of Steve Jobs and to the families of all who mourn the loss of a loved one. His comforting Word offers good news about another tree: "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city." (Revelation 22:14) Those who come to the cross are able to wash their robes through faith in Christ and His blood that was shed for them.

Jesus said, "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God." (Revelation 2:7) A healing tree is greatly needed for a wounded heart. Things on earth are not the way they were created to be. Jesus has the power to renew and restore what has fallen far from the tree. That's why you don't need to give up even in the midst of deep grief. Jesus is getting the heavenly city ready for His followers to enjoy forever.

Dan Delzell is the pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb. He is a regular contributor to The Christian Post.

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