Sunday, April 16, 2006
The New Adam
Through his passion, death and resurrection Jesus bears the curses triggered by Adam and Eve at the dawn of creation.
Because of their sin, God warns Adam and Eve that
-- childbirth will be painful (Gen. 3:10).
-- relationships will be marred by sin (Gen. 3:10)
-- work will be toil; it will not always be fruitful but bring forth
-- thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:18)
-- labor will be carried out with difficulty, in sweat (Gen. 3:19)
-- physical death is inevitable (3:19)
-- they are banished from his presence in the garden (Gen 3:24)
Jesus bears the curses redemptively as the New Adam.
-- Jesus goes into a garden (Mt. 26:36-46) and sweats drops of blood (Lk. 22:44).
-- Jesus is given a crown of thorns (Mt. 27:29) and is stripped naked (Mt. 27:31).
-- Jesus goes to the cross, called the Tree of Life in the early church (cf. Acts 5:30).
-- Falling into the sleep of death, his Bride, the Church, is formed from his side (Jn. 19:26-35).
-- Jesus appears in His resurrected body, announcing the new creation to a “woman” in a garden (Jn. 20:11-18).