Day 2

Jesus Is The True & Better Adam

from the Advent 2015: Born Is The King reading plan

Genesis 2:8-9, Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:1-8, Matthew 26:36-46, Romans 5:12-21

BY Raechel Myers

Text: Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; Genesis 3:1-8, Matthew 26:36-46, Romans 5:12-21

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world…”
1 Peter 1:20

It’s difficult to grasp the reality of “before the foundation of the world,” but there was indeed a time before the Earth existed. And it’s even wilder to realize that before “In the beginning God created…” (Genesis 1:1) ever happened, “Surely I am coming soon,” (Revelation 22:20) had already been set into motion.

“In the beginning was the Word.”
John 1:1

The Word was Jesus—He was God and He was with God in the beginning. Jesus was never Plan B. He was always Plan A. Jesus is, as Sally Lloyd-Jones says, “the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together.”

All of Scripture points to Jesus. Every word.

While the whole of the Old Testament world groaned under the weight of its own imperfection—unfaithful, unbelieving, and incomplete—we, the Church, now see with clearer eyes that “all the promises of God find their ‘Yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20). The world would always be incomplete without Jesus.

And so, beginning with Adam, we will spend the first three weeks of Advent studying the Scriptures together to find Jesus in the Old Testament. We will seek to understand in a fresh and clearer way how, while many men and women were mere models of the already-coming One, Jesus would be the truest and best version of every one of them. He would be complete where they were incomplete. God’s promises to these prophets, priests, and kings would indeed find their “yes” in Jesus.

Just look at the parallels and important differences we see with Jesus and the very first man:

-Adam was from the earth, a man of dust (Genesis 2:7).
-Jesus is from Heaven, not of this world (1 Corinthians 15:47).

-Adam lived in his true home—a garden in the east of Eden (Genesis 2:8). He was not a stranger. Not an alien. His home was not temporary—until his sin made things wrong.
-Jesus left His true home in Heaven to become a stranger in a foreign land in order to make things right again (John 3:16).

-Adam was tested in the Garden of Eden and disobeyed. His disobedience introduced death and condemnation to the entire world (Romans 5:15).
-Jesus, too, faced a decision in a garden—in Gethsemane. His obedience unto death introduced grace and life to those who receive it (Matthew 26:36-39).

-When Adam disobeyed, God made him leave his home. He would never get to go back ever again (Genesis 3:23-24).
-When Jesus obeyed and fulfilled His work, He ascended into Heaven to return to His home with the Father for eternity, and to prepare a place for us there (John 14:2, Acts 1:11).

-Sin and death entered the world through Adam by one act. Now everyone dies because everyone sins (Romans 5:17).
-Life-giving justification, was made available by Jesus through one truly righteous act because He was the One righteous man (Romans 5:18).

Do you see? If Jesus was “foreknown before the foundation of the world,” even the very first man was an on-purpose prototype of the One who was already coming.

Many of us celebrate these four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas because we are remembering the awaited arrival of our King. But the Old Testament is, in a sense, the first Advent. It was a thousands-of-years-long season, where the weary world awaited the very real, truest and best “thrill of hope” we sing about today.

Jesus is the true and better Adam—the One whose obedience brought forgiveness and life where disobedience once brought condemnation and death. Let’s study the Scriptures together this season to see that we can find our “Yes!” to every one of God’s promises in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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211 thoughts on "Jesus Is The True & Better Adam"

  1. Gabrielle says:

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for giving us a love we don’t deserve!

  2. Was wondering if anybody had ever considered what Jesus took Peter and the others with him to Gethsemane for. I mean, the scripture says to pray and keep watch with him. But, I’d always thought they were suppose to be praying for their own flesh, to avoid temptations, however, it was Christ who was being so strongly tempted during this time. So, was he saying that his spirit was willing, but his flesh was weak? Am I on the right track here? He seemed so upset that they couldn’t keep watch without sleeping and it makes more sense that he’s hurt that they couldn’t stay awake and pray for his sake. Any thoughts? Am I dumb for only now considering this?

    1. Jen Thompson says:

      Shawna, these are all very good thoughts! I think like you said, that Jesus wanted them to be awake to pray with him because they were about to be tested themselves. The disciples flesh was so weak because they kept falling asleep but their spirit was willing because they were there with Jesus. Peter had said earlier that he would never forsake Jesus and would even die for Him…yet he couldn’t stay awake to pray.

  3. JOANNA says:

    My worship leaders wife did a ladies bible study on this once. She was using Mark Driscoll’s book “Who Do You Think You Are?”

    Here are some of the comparisons from my notes.

    The first Adam turned from the Father in the garden, the last Adam turned to the Father in a garden

    The first Adam was naked and unashamed; the last Adam was naked and bore our shame.

    The first Adam sinned at a tree; the last Adam bore our sin on a tree.

    The first Adam died as a sinner; the last Adam died for sinners.

    In Adam there is condemnation; in Christ there is salvation

    In Adam we receive a sin nature; in Christ we receive a new nature

    In Adam we are cursed; in Christ we are blessed

    In Adam there is wrath & death; in Christ there is love and life.

    1. Keri says:

      I love this insight!

  4. Reylena List says:

    I have heard this comparison before, but I never saw the comparison of the garden. In these verses I love to see that Jesus triumphed! I know I would have failed, just like I do each day. Yet I’m so thankful for his obedience because it brought me life. Although I can’t reach Jesus perfect life I can honor and reflect him through obedience. Just like Jesus I will have to sacrifice my own desires to follow what he is calling me to. Jesus’ Obedience brought so much goodness! It’s a beautiful reminder that our obedience can bring light and glory to God as well. On the flip side it shows when we sin, how much destruction and pain is brought..
    Thankful for Jesus’ obedience and his gift of the spirit to help me obey.

  5. Sara says:

    I am so moved by the importance that God places on our HOME… In the midst of the Big story, God is focused on where we belong, where we find our rest and meaning and shelter. It’s so powerful to recognize how important our needs are to Him, and always have been, since before He created!

    1. Robin Moutray says:

      Yes! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  6. Lauren Alleva says:

    I love the foreshadowing we see throughout the Old Testament. Everything always pointed to Jesus! I want my life to always point to Him.

  7. Katie says:

    Alecia – I couldn’t agree more! I struggle with the same thing: knowing that God doesn’t do Plan B. That God’s timeline doesn’t reflect my goals or anxiety in achieving them …. But that God’s perfect plan A is always better.

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