Adam doesn’t live here anymore…

Posted: April 1, 2013 in A to Z Challenge
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Most of us are  familiar with this guy: according to the bible, he and his wife Eve were the prototypes for the human race, created by God in His image and His likeness (and yes, those are two different things – one speaks to appearance, the other to characteristics, but that is a topic for another time).  Sometimes Christians can be harsh and judgmental towards this “first couple”, which is a shame; in truth we are not really very different, and certainly not any better!

The bible tells us that from the very beginning, God’s plan was that His creatures were integral elements of His plan; as we read the first two chapters of Genesis we see that Adam and Eve lived together in this perfect world, with all their physical needs met; their roles and purposes established; and enjoying the companionship of their Creator. So what went wrong? Adam did, that’s all…he did what came naturally to him, even though he knew better.

Adam was given power, and authority, and above all else, the one thing that separates humanity from the animals: free will. With this gift came an opportunity to either succeed or fail, of his own volition; to submit himself to the commandment and intentions given to him by God (remember, at this point there was only one explicit prohibition – to not eat the fruit of one particular tree), or to set out on his own path, contrary to the wishes of the One who made him. We know which path Adam chose, and the consequences of that decision, and it is easy to blame him for all that has happened since – I have heard more than one person joke that the first thing they wanted to do upon reaching heaven was to kick Adam in the shin! But what makes us think we would have done any differently? How many of us have been given everything we ever wanted or needed, at the cost of simple obedience, and yet cannot maintain this minimum standard? No wonder we needed a Savior, a new Adam to replace the original and restore humanity to the original purpose, free from original sin.

Jesus, in His incarnation, was also given power, and authority, and the same free will as Adam – yet He consistently chose to submit His will to the will of the Father; there are dozens of verses, but allow me to quote one of my favorites – John 6:38-40:

For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

As we approach Easter, I am reminded again that I am grateful that Jesus came to be the New Adam, and that by Him, we have opportunity to be restored to our original place and purpose in God’s plan. This wonderful gift is available to any who will acknowledge the grace of God which supplies our need, and accept the words of Christ right above,  and receive eternal life.

  1. […] I was so encouraged by this reminder that Jesus came to be the New Adam.  It is because Jesus is the new Adam that we can be restored back to our original place and purpose in God’s plan. Is there any greater treasure than this?  And it is a gift to any who will acknowledge the grace of God, accept the words of Christ, and receive eternal life.  Adam doesn’t live here anymore… […]

  2. Renee says:

    A great way to put Adam in a more human perspective. We are always so quick to judge others by only a few actions.

  3. megan hicks says:

    I recently heard on the radio a short story by Jonathan Goldstein. A fiction, of course, about Adam looking back on his long life. Incredibly touching. After listening to it, there was no way I could ever again look down on Adam in judgement.

  4. Ruby Young says:

    You have said it fairly well…the only thing I would write differently would be the word “Bible”. it is always capitalized, since it is the Word of God. Isn’t it wonderful to know that God does supply all our needs…even when we fail to ask him? Thank you for your witness. Ruby