Day 3

O Come, Second Adam

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

BY Guest Writer

Years ago, my husband and I lived in a house with a wall made almost entirely of glass. It reached to the ceiling where it angled into a row of skylights and lit up the entire house. We loved it, but there was one single design flaw: the wall circled around a giant sprawling tree. It was an old oak with long, thick branches that stretched precariously over the glass. We would stare up through the windows at the limbs dangling over us, and we knew: it was only a matter of time.

Then the storm came. We were in tornado country, and on a night when my phone was binging with weather alerts, a strong gust of wind hit the tree just right. A bough the width of my body fell squarely on top of the house and shattered several of the windows.

Somehow, a handful of windows survived the initial impact, but they sustained severe damage as well. Cracks spread across the plates in an intricate web, compromising the integrity of each panel. The glass held its form, but it was irreparable. Ultimately, we would need something new.

In Genesis 3, Adam’s very first sin has the effect of taking a bat to the windshield of the universe. Creation doesn’t shatter from the blow—the form holds—but the cracks run far and wide. Every single thing that came after that moment are marred by a crack running through—every animal, every plant, every person. We are born into this brokenness, and that is the legacy of Adam.

For millennia, the world existed in this fractured state. With kings, with prophets, with sacrifices, with the law, we tried to repair and reverse the cracks. But the damage was just too great. We would need a New Creation, and a new Adam to exercise dominion over it. And so, the world waited for it.

Enter Jesus, child of Bethlehem, born in a manger. A humble beginning for a man who would usher in a new creation. “For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19).

This is what we anticipate during Advent, not just the coming Savior, but the great “making new” for which Creation has longed since the beginning of time. God’s plan has always been ambitious—not just a repair job, but total transformation—and it all began with the birth of His Son.

The question facing us today is this: who will we embrace as our spiritual ancestor—the first Adam or the second?

Sharon Hodde Miller is a writer, speaker, pastor’s wife, mom, and she holds a PhD on women and calling. She blogs at, and is the author of Free of Me: Why Life Is Better When It’s Not about You.

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156 thoughts on "O Come, Second Adam"

  1. Maya Bulos says:

    Im sitting here at the table reflecting on this truth. I love the crscked glass analogy, and how Christ replaced that glass. In him we are a new creation. What we lost in Adam we have in second Adam, Yeshua, our Messiah. So much to think upon all that we have in Christ. I pray we would all continue to grow in the depth of the knowledge, love and revelation of our Lord and Saviour.

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  3. Marcella Woytash says:

    I love this thought of Jesus as the New Creation the world needed. It makes me feel even more grateful for the King of Kings ❤️

  4. Jenna A says:

    Loved this entire message!

  5. Angie Reichenbach says:

    I love The Message translation of this “All that passing laws did was produce more lawbreakers. But sun didn’t and doesn’t have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again THROUGH THE MESSIAH, invites us into life – a life that goes on and in world without end. “

  6. Katie Ferry says:

    Looking ahead to the “new” year… Jesus, thank you for speaking new things into our lives, into my life!

  7. Aiyana Berryhill says:

    Sometimes like Eve it’s easy to try and twist God’s words when you know you heard Him the first time, or to go against His word out of curiosity etc. There have been plenty of times when I’ve heard God loud and clear but I’d second guessed if it was Him out of fear or tried to give ulterior meaning to what He said. Being reminded of all He went through to undo what Adam did makes me want to pick up and carry my cross even more and fully trust Him. I want to be more like Jesus and less like Adam. Generational curses can and shall end with me!

  8. Alexa Mainor says:

    The analogy of the broken glass is one I’ve never heard before, but helped me understand this lesson more than I ever have! That Jesus did not just patch the broken glass but recreated something even stronger than before, fills me with so much joy! Thank you!

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