January 1, 2017

January 1, 2017

GENESIS 1-3

Focus Verse: “…She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”

Genesis 3:6

Strange place to start off the new year, isn’t it? “Come on Jeremy,” you say, “You could have started with something happy and fun, like how we are made in God’s image or when God made everything He called it good. That will at least make me feel good about myself.” Nope. I’m going to start at the fall of man. The first sin. Because that’s where the gospel starts. You don’t get to jump to the warm and fuzzy without first recognizing the need for the warm and fuzzy.

There is another reason for starting here too. Eve gets a bad rap sometimes. It’s all her fault we fell into sin. If that foolish woman would have never come along, we might still be in the Garden today. But we miss one of the main points of this story…ADAM WAS RIGHT THERE WITH HER! And here we draw an important distinction between the first Adam and the Last Adam, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15).

The first Adam was a man of inaction. He sat there and watched as his wife fell into sin. Maybe he was too scared to take the first bite, so he figured he’d wait and see if Eve’s head exploded and then when it didn’t he dove right in. Whatever actually happened, we can conclude that Adam could have done something to stop it. At the very least, he could have recognized the sin and walked away instead of participating. But that’s why he is the first Adam.

The second Adam, Jesus Christ, is everything the first Adam was supposed to be and more. God in the flesh. The only perfect and sinless man. And how did he deal with this same situation?

He rejected the forbidden fruit! He told Satan to get lost and then kicked his red horned backside all the way back to hell where he belongs!

That’s half of it.

He also paid the way for His bride. Not only did he call the forbidden fruit exactly what it was, but He also loved us even AFTER we had already taken a bite (see John 4). Jesus went so far beyond what the first Adam ever could have. He paid the ultimate price; took the punishment that we deserved, so that we could go back and live as if we never took a bite of that fruit. He gave His own life to give us the power to resist any “fruit” the enemy throws at us; the power to bear His righteous fruit, the fruit of the Spirit, in us.

Jesus Christ was a man of action.

So which Adam are you? Which Adam do you want to be in 2017? It’s never too late to start being a man (or woman) of action.

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