The Second Adam
This Christmas will be made even richer if we think about Adam.
Did you know that the Bible likens Adam to Jesus, while at the same time differentiating the two? Observe Paul's letter to the Corinthians. (Parentheses mine.)
21 For as by a man (Adam) came death, by a man (Jesus) has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam (Jesus) became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man (Adam) was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man (Jesus) is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust (Adam), we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven (Jesus).
I Corinthians 15:21-22, 45-49 (ESV)
I am reading an advent devotional now by Paul David Tripp called "Come, Let Us Adore Him" ($2.99 on Kindle right now, FYI!) Something he said in Wednesday's reading about parallels between Adam and Jesus (the "second Adam") struck me.
"One of the ways the Bible talks about this is to call Jesus the “second Adam.” It is a provocative title, worth examining.
The first Adam was created by God and placed in a perfect world, in perfect relationship with God. Adam literally had it all: no earthly needs unmet and no separation between him and God. But in an act of outrageous rebellion against God, he took his life into his own hands, stepped outside God’s boundaries, and did exactly what God had warned him not to do. He had it all, but he miserably failed, and when he did, sin, sickness, and suffering entered the world. Like fine china thrown on the pavement, the perfection of the world shattered. Adam now lived under God’s judgment, and the world groaned in brokenness.
What the world cried out for was a substitute, but not any substitute would do. This substitute needed to be special in every way, so that he would not fail the test as the first Adam had. He had to be perfect in righteousness and mighty in power, or he too would fail. No one on earth could meet the requirements, so God sent the only One who was up to the task, the only One who would not succumb to the pressure and fail the test. God sent the one person whom he knew was qualified to be the second Adam: his Son."
Here is some advice you don't often hear at Christmastime:
Read the first couple chapters of Genesis.
Get to know Adam and you can understand more about the Savior that came on Christmas and our adoration of Him can increase.
See you Sunday!