Friday, April 14, 2017

Jesus, the last Adam

Grateful to a blogging friend, Alan Cross, who on SBC Voices today shared a link to some thoughts by John Stonestreet at BreakPoint about Jesus as the second Adam.  The striking contrasts he shares between the first Adam and Jesus as the second Adam bear repeating.  I share them below.  Hope you enjoy these reflections on Good Friday.

The first Adam yielded to temptation in a garden. The Last Adam beat temptation in a garden. The first man, Adam, sought to become like God. The Last Adam was God who became a man. The first Adam was naked and received clothes. The Last Adam had clothes but was stripped. The first Adam tasted death from a tree. The Last Adam tasted death on a tree. The first Adam hid from the face of God, while the Last Adam begged God not to hide His face.
The first Adam blamed his bride, while the Last Adam took the blame for His bride. The first Adam earned thorns. The Last Adam wore thorns. The first Adam gained a wife when God opened man’s side, but the Last Adam gained a wife when man opened God’s side. The first Adam brought a curse. The Last Adam became a curse. While the first Adam fell by listening when the Serpent said “take and eat,” the Last Adam told His followers, “take and eat, this is my body.”