Sin, as simply disobedience to God. It is the comfort of living in exile by simply losing sight of the glory of Eden. The thing though, is that battle between good and evil, heaven and hell, goes on even if we are not wise participants in it. The more sin is entrenched, the more violent the battle between that good and evil; but the good will win at all costs. Again, ironically those spiritual battles so often do merge into battles on the battlefield. For that reason alone that gospel passage is simply not poetry, it is the violence of the crucifixion and the joy of Easter. It is the violence of the battlefield, and the exuberance when that battle ends with a lasting peace. That violence made worse, simply because we refuse to open our eyes, and that is not a commentary on ancient history but also of contemporary society.
Sides are being drawn, all’s one has to do is read a newspaper, or turn on a television, or listen to a politician. I wonder in this battle of the twenty first century, which side is gaining victory? Are the advances we so often celebrate an advance towards that Kingdom Jesus preaches, or are the victory’s we celebrate an advance in the opposite direction? Are we steadily marching back towards that Garden of Eden, or retreating further from it? Many of the advances since the 1960’s have brought about the dawn of a new age, but as Jesus looks at this present Jerusalem does He weep again? Ignorance or complacency simply lets that sin get entrenched, and makes that battle that more violent, that much longer, and the wounds that much deeper. That battle with sin began with our exit from Eden, do we realize that battle continues today?