“Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 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.” (Romans 5:8-19, NIV)
Both Adam and Jesus faced the same temptations, yet Jesus did not sin (Hebrews 14:5). Because of His obedience, even to death, we can all be made righteous and receive the gift of eternal life. Through Adam, we became flesh in this fallen world. Through Christ Jesus we can be transformed and reborn in His Spirit and become a new creation. O how marvelous is the life given to us by God Almighty! Jesus endured death as a perfect sacrifice who was without sin, who fully obeyed and loved the Father and was then raised to life again. In doing this, death has been defeated, forever, once and for all. Praise the Lord! We are no longer slaves to death and sin but have been given freedom through Christ!
Not only this, but hear me out my dear friends…. In Hebrews 4:15 is says (ESV), "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin."
He knows our weaknesses, He knows how to help us and through Him we can overcome our weaknesses. Look at these three ways in which both Adam and Jesus were tempted:
- Their own identity
- Submission to authority
- For their own independence
Satan said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God…” (Matthew 4:3-4) Then he challenged Him to test His Father by saying, ‘…throw yourself down. For it is written: “He will command his angels concerning you…”’ (Matthew 4:5-7) Afterward, he offered Jesus what he had, which is limited to the things of this world, “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9)
When Adam chose to listen to his helper, he failed to recognize his identity in God. When Adam chose not to lead but instead to follow, he failed to obey God. When he chose to make his own decision without considering God’s command, he took the same action as Eve. Jesus chose differently. He knows He is the Son who was sent from the Father. He knew He was the son who does what the Father does and that He was not of this world. He knew the Word of God and the joy that God had set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). Where Adam lost because he saw only with his own eyes, Jesus found victory through His faith.
Now we may be living in our flesh, wandering in this world and being tempting by the same enemy, but as Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Matthew 16:33, NIV) Will you allow Jesus to be your guide and most importantly to submit to His Lordship? I will!