Who is Adam?
Luke 3:38 “the son of Adam”
We have arrived! ADAM: the first ‘man’, in Hebrew it is a both a personal name and a general noun, ‘mankind’.
Adam, made in the image of God, placed into Eden which means ‘His Presence’, given a companion wife and given work to do.
Adam, who messed it up, rejecting God’s sole authority was expelled from ‘His Presence’ and life became tough for him and his wife.
It was Apostle Paul who wrote connecting Jesus with Adam comparing the two.
Romans 5: 12-19
“… just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned … if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! … For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous”
But what of Jesus? Did he think of himself as Paul saw it? Paul says Jesus came to do what the first Adam failed to do in 1 Corinthians 15: 45-49 “So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.” But did Jesus see himself as this?
What perspective of life did Jesus hold to?
Let’s take one of the time when he was being challenged. Matthew 19:3-6 “Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” 4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
His perspective was ‘at the beginning’. His answer was ‘what was Gods original intention?’ At the beginning there was never a need for a certificate of divorce.
The mission of Jesus was to link man back to the beginning. It is for the purpose of revelation in order to bring wisdom to us on how to do life.
How did God reveal Himself at the beginning before He revealed Himself as El Shaddai to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? It was ‘El Elohim’ meaning Creator God. “In the beginning God created”
This revelation of God as it forms in you will change your praying and expecting and what you do and how you spend your life.
Your prayer shifts from ‘Help me Jesus, save me Jesus, Deliver me Jesus’ to that of ‘Give me wisdom, give me strategies, use me to change the culture I work in and live in.’
The Creator God, the One who created Adam first but who came as the last Adam, the Son of Man, releasing what is inside of us, creating, producing and changing. We stop praying ‘Help me get through this day’ and we pray ‘Help me to change this day into a creative day’.
We stop crying out ‘Where are you?’ and our call is ‘what do you want me to do?’ We become involved in our world, not trying to escape it afraid we may be tainted by it.
We are raised into a taskforce to bring creation out of chaos, values out of the void with an energy that stands in contrast to the emptiness of people’s lives, outward looking, community and missional.
This is what the Last Adam successfully achieved and He did it because He went to the cross and he died because of our fall. He brought us back into ‘His Presence’ and gave us purpose again. A purpose given to us by the Creator. So now let us go today and make a difference, let us invade our culture with a different perspective. Let us walk into the room and change atmospheres because the God of Adam, the Creator God is inside of us because the Last Adam paid the price!