The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. Genesis 3:1-7 (NLT)
In the 1998 movie City of Angels Nicholas Cage plays Seth, an angel who is fascinated with human beings' ability to enjoy the sensations of the flesh. He falls in love with Maggie, a surgeon (played by Meg Ryan). Seth chooses to fall; he chooses to become a human, giving up his angelic powers, all because of his desire for Maggie.
After his fall, and only one day with Maggie, she is killed in a tragic accident. Seth is heartbroken and angry. He experiences the agony of loss, which before, as an angel, he could simply watch dispassionately. Where once he was merely a spectator, Seth, the human, with all that mortality brings, finds it is all just too real.
Seth experiences all of the fall.
Seth's angel friend, "Cassiel" appears to him to aid Seth in his grief. Cassiel is also curious. He asks, "What is it like, Seth, being human?" He also asks about Seth's relationship with Maggie: "Was it worth it?" "Would you have done it [fall] if you knew it would end so soon?"
Seth's answer is the whole point of the movie. He replies, "I would rather have one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch from her hand – than an eternity without her."
And it is the fallen angel’s answer which defines the most troubling aspect of our human nature – that with which we are both born, and cursed; we desire our sin; it desires us, and we are powerless to overcome it.
We choose our sin. Given a perfect environment, the absence of sin and even the influence of wrong, the first Adam chose his sin.
And we have been doing it ever since!
That is why we must have a Savior.
Now…if that was the end of the story you and I would be most miserable. But the story turns entirely in a Golgotha minute. Christ, crucified, buried, resurrected and coming again is the real ending.
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:56-57 (NLT)
And that is what turns the fall on its ear!
God never intended Adam or any of us to live in the defeat and despair we all choose.
But now we don’t have to; remember your victory is in Christ Jesus; go live it!