March 7, 2017


During the season of Lent we look at the lives of two men: Adam and Jesus. As we look at their lives we find ourselves--both natural and spiritual, both prone to temptation and ready to defeat evil, both weak and strong, with regrets and victories.... The list of familiarities goes on. The question for us today is: Who do we look like the most? Adam or Jesus?



1 Corinthians 15

44 ...If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam [Jesus], a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.


It's so easy for us to spend the majority of our attention on the earthly rather than the heavenly. The earthly is what we see, touch, and hear.

It drives our impulses and decisions.

It forms our opinions.

And often tells us who we are.

Is that wrong? No, but IT'S NOT ALL that should shape us. 

The Apostle Paul concludes that Christians in Corinth look like Adam (something we can't help doing) but he calls the church to look EVEN MORE like Christ!



1 Corinthians 15

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. ... 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.


Perishable means that our bodies decay, wear out, run down.

Mortal means that our bodies die.

That's what we've inherited from Adam. Why? Because of sin!


Paul calls the church to clothe themselves with something greater than is seen in the mirror:

One that is visible but it is recognizable,

it's not flashy, but it shines brightly,

it's not expensive, it is invaluable,

it's not sin-ful, it is holy

it doesn't decay, it lasts forever




1 Corinthians 15

54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 

57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


It's not simply the natural that should define who we are.

It is Jesus--who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, His life, His teaching, His example, His traits, His words--who should play the greater role in forming our identity. So much so that when people see us they see a man, they see a woman but they don't see death or decay, they see CHRIST, they see LOVE, they see LIFE!


Let us put on Christ today in all we say and do!

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