Friday, 10 April 2009
The Last Adam
Jesus carries His cross. El Greco (1580). Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
The Apostle Paul discusses the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in 1 Corinthians 15. He uses an interesting expression when referring to the Lord - The Last Adam:
So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit (1 Cor. 15:46).
The first Adam is the man mentioned in the early chapters of Genesis. His fall brought death and suffering to the world. The Last Adam is the incarnated Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world.
We would not be able to understand the good news of Easter if we did not believe that the bad news in Genesis caused the Creator of the entire universe to be born as a human being and to suffer a horrible death on a cross in Jerusalem.
Genesis helps us to understand why we celebrate Good Friday and why the Easter morning changed history.
Have a blessed Easter time.