This time of year gives cause for me to reflect on the faithfulness of Jesus. While I have met “Christians” who practice unfaithfulness, Jesus has never let me down. I wrote a comparison between the FIRST Adam and the LAST Adam in 2010 and I thought it might be a blessing and an encouragement to someone today. I am reposting this from my WIM blog.
The Path of the LAST Adam
The path of the last Adam was a path that took Him from Heaven to earth, from the earth to the grave and from the grave to resurrection power on display as our Lord, Savior, and King. But a study in contrast with the first Adam shows us the stark contrast to the faithfulness that the last Adam offers us in the place of the failure that we have experienced with our first earthly father.
1. Sinless vs sinner
The LAST Adam was born sinless, and there was found no sin in Him.
1 John 3:5 (NASB) You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.
The first Adam was created without sin, but he didn’t stay this way. The first Adam brought sin into the world through his disobedience.
Romans 5:12 (NASB) Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin…
Jesus as the LAST Adam freely chose to come to earth from Heaven and to live a sinless life by shunning evil and obeying the Father. The first Adam sinned through his free will, choosing to disobey his Father and choosing evil.
2. A witness to the truth vs silence
Jesus as the LAST Adam came to earth to testify to the truth.
John 18:37 (NASB) Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
It was the failure of the first Adam to testify to the truth that started the process towards death and decay. Although Adam knew the truth, and he was not deceived at all, he would not testify to that truth when his wife was being deceived by the serpent.
1 Timothy 2:14 (NASB) And it was not Adam who was deceived…