I am praying that God will annoint my mind to write a three-part series about Jesus Christ. Part one will entail why He came to live as a man, the second about why He died, and lastly, why He arose.
All the way back in the Garden, God made man out of the dust of the earth, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and he(Adam) became a living soul(Gen. 2:7). Adam was made in the express image of God, prior to the fall(we who came after have this image, but it is marred by sin). He was made perfect and upright. God saw that it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone, so He placed him(first Adam) into a deep sleep and took a rib and formed him a help-meet, and he called her woman(Gen. 2:21-23). The time came when Eve was beguiled by the serpent and she ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, a command given to them by God not to eat of it, and her eyes were opened, and she gave to Adam and he ate, and his eyes were opened and they saw their nakedness. They then took fig leaves and covered their nakedness(Gen. 3:1-7). It was because of their rebellion towards God’s only command, that you can see Jesus in the Garden. God, after rebuking them for their evildoings, took and made coats of skin(first animal sacrifice) and covered their nakedness, and drove them from the Garden(Gen. 3:21-24). The only consequence for sin is death. The wages of sin is death(Rom. 6:23a). The sentence of physical and spiritual death was placed upon Adam, and all mankind right then and there. Adam and Eve died spiritually there in the Garden, and would taste physical death later on. Consequently, this sentence of death,both spiritual and physical, was passed upon all of Adam’s posterity because of his disobedience. Through no fault of our own, we inherited death, both physical and spiritual, because of their wickedness.
This is where Jesus Christ, the Last Adam, comes into this blog. Everything that Adam did, Jesus Christ rectified for His chosen people. Adam ushered in death, Jesus brought life. Adam ushered in cursing, Jesus brought blessings. Adam ushered in darkness, Jesus brought Light. Adam ushered in seperation, Jesus brought reconciliation. Adam ushered in condemnation, Jesus brought justification. Because of Adam, God destroyed the earth with a great flood, and saved Noah, his wife, three sons, and their wives, and started over(Genesis chapters 6-8). It was because of Adam, that God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomarrah because of their sexual deviance(Genesis 19). It was because of Adam that God caused Joseph to be sold into slavery to perserve the life of His people, by bringing them into Egypt to feed them by Joseph, and Pharoah when there was a seven year famine.
It was because of Adam’s sin, that centuries later, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments to govern His people by. The Ten Commandments, along with Aaron’s rod, the mercy seat, the cherubims that were over top of it, were in the holiest of all of the tabernacle. Before the Law was given to Moses, God told him to take a male sheep or goat, without spot or blemish, and sacrifice it. Then the children of Israel were to sprinkle the blood upon the side and top posts of their door, and when He passed by that night, all those who didn’t have the blood applied, their first born, evn of their livestock died. Jesus was the only human without spot or blemish, therefore He living perfectly according to the Law, was the One acceptable to carry our sins to the cross. Every year, a yearly sacrifice was to be made to atone for the sins of Israel. Only the High Priest could do this, as they had to enter into the Holiest of all to perform this sacrifice. I can see Jesus Christ here, as He was the only One who could truly hang upon the cross to atone for the sins of His people. It’s here, where I hope to explain, as concisely as possbile, why He lived. It took complete obedience to fulfill all the commands of the Law, and Jesus was the only One who could fulfill this.
In Luke 1, an angel appeared unto Mary, a virgin at that time, and told her she was to give birth to a child whose Kingdom would have no end, and He shall rule over the house of Jacob forever(Luke 1:28-35). An angel also appeared unto Jospeph, explaining to him that the baby Mary was carrying was the Lamb of God, which would save His people from their sins(Matt. 1:21). After His birth, the bible doesn’t give a whole lot of details to His life except when they fled to Egypt becuase of King Herod’s command to kill all children two years and under, and then after Herod died, they returned. Then there’s the time when Jesus was twelve and He spoke with the doctors of the Law in the temple(Luke 2). The next thing we read about Jesus was when He was about the age of thirty and He comes and is baptized by John the Baptist and starts His ministry after fasting in the wilderness for fourty days and nights and being afterwards tempted by Satan. From this point forward, Jesus called His Disciples, sent them to preach His gospel, heal the sick, lame, blind, deaf, mute, etc. Jesus was using His Disciples to present the gospel to all, and especially His sheep, which He had regenerated to understand their. and especially His, teachings/preachings. He was bringing back spiritual life to His chosen, those chosen by God from before the foundation of the world(Rom. 8:28-30, Eph. 1:4, 2 Thess. 2:13). Through His life as Godman, He was reconciling us back to God. He was bringing life to the dead sheep. He was justifying His sheep from their state of condemnation. He was shining Light into their sin darkened hearts. In all the good He did, He was still being confronted by the High Priests, Scribes, Pharisees, Saducees, and Elders, et al. He told them repeatedly who He was, yet because they weren’t of His sheep, they would not believe(John 6 & John 8 for starters). It was through His life here, He was seperating the sheep from the goats, as the gospel does. By doing this, He was giving them their spiritual life back, which had been lost in Adam. It weeds out the goats, because the goats want nothing to do with this man named Jesus, or His gospel. He was tempted with sins the same way we were/are, and yet, He never sinned(Heb. 4:15). Jesus lived the Law perfectly because we couldn’t. It took innocent blood to be shed for the remission of sin, for without the shedding of blood there is no remission(Heb. 9:22). The blood of bulls and goats could not take away sins(Heb. 10:4). Jesus had to live as a man to have the blood necessary to be shed upon the cross. None of the Old testament Prophets, High Priests, or Judges, were innocent of sin, so one of them shedding their blood wasn’t good enough. Jesus Christ could not sin, period. He was God manifested in the flesh, and God can not sin. This is why it took Jesus to live as a man for us. He did all this for us because we were given to Him by God, and not one of us has been lost, save the son of perdition, that the scriptures might be fulfilled.
So in summation, I am sure some will read this and find where there was something I missed, but when you try to write anything about Jesus, He is so big, it’s hard to cover everything about Him. He had to live as a man, to be the One who could fulfill all that the Law commanded mankind to do. Knowing that none of His sheep could fulfill the Law, He lived it for us.
I leave you with these verses to ponder upon:
John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
2 Timothy 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: