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. Jennifer McElhannon says:

    I think it’s importanf to recognize the first and second “Adam” in their own regards. Without the original Adam, would we be living in a sinless world? As it was he and Even who committed the first sin, the fall of man, we went on for years trying to get into God’s good graces.

    With Jesus—the second Adam as he is referenced in this devotional—He came with the sole purpose of wiping away every single sin in our lives. He knew it was His purpose in spite of pleading with the Father God.

    I want to continue each day following after Christ and to become more and more like Him. I know I will never be perfect until I meet my Heavenly Father in His kingdom. Yet each day I should be striving to be the best person I can be.

    It’s hard, but I’m removing things from my life that I once felt were “normal” by today’s standards. Every time I do, I feel this incredible weight lifted from my chest. The burdens of this world just coming off so easily once I am able to push against what is “normal.”

    So yes, I follow the second-Adam closely. The first Adam was a prototype. He was destined to fail. Christ was born to succeed. We can rest in that faith and knowledge that we can always lean on Him in good times and bad.

  2. Taylor Watkins says:

    I have never thought about Jesus being the second Adam but it is such a beautiful way of putting everything into perspective! I love Jesus, our second Adam. Our second chance. His love is endless.

    1. Tiarne Olsen says:

      Same here! It’s a beautiful way to think of Jesus, our second chance, and also a beautiful message for life, we have second chances, no one is good or evil, but we all can have a new life in Christ. Glory to God!

  3. Meghan Craig says:

    I love reading about Second Adam! There is just something about the fact that God made a way before the beginning and that way was His son!

  4. Chelsea Gordon says:

    Strange how readily we believe sin entered the world through one man – Adam. It is not hard for me to see how I am descended from him. But I have never really realised that grace also entered through just one man – a man who welcomes me to be joined to His family – if I would just accept the invitation. Praise God.

  5. Coplea Donley says:

    i read the scripture in the message this time – romans 5 is so powerful!!

  6. Kyndra Jade says:

    I woke up to a cracked windshield what a perfect metaphor

  7. Erin ConnerOlinger says:

    So beautiful and insightful to think about and process. What a savior!

  8. Catherine Bender says:

    That was great, love the analogy of cracked glass!

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