March 18, 2008

What I Am Learning About Christ This Week

Directly after Adam and Eve sinned, the Bible records certain "first words", words that were never heard before. Here are a few of them:

*Naked-- Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths" (Genesis 3:7)

*Pain--"To the woman he said, ‘I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children" (Genesis 3:16).

*Cursed--"And to Adam he said, ‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;'" (Genesis 3:17).

*Thorns--"thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field" (Genesis 3:18).

*Sweat--"By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19).

*Sword--"He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life" (Genesis 3:24).

*Death--"Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died" (Genesis 5:5).

These words indicate the extent of the curse that it not only rested on Adam and Eve, but also on the creation itself.

--------Now compare with Jesus Christ's time before, during and after being crucified--------

  • Naked: "And they stripped Him..." (Matthew 27:28).

  • Pain: "For they persecute him whom you have struck down, and they recount the pain of those you have wounded" (Psalm 69:26). Jesus endured horrible pain and suffering on the cross, that Revelation 21:4 might come to pass: "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

  • Cursed: We noted from Galatians 3:13 that Jesus "became a curse for us" for "a hanged man is cursed by God."

  • Thorns: "and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" (Matthew 27:29). What deep meaning the crown of thorns has. As He was lifted up on that cross, His brow encircled with thorns, Jesus Christ was bearing the curse for us.

  • Sweat: And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground" (Luke 22:44).

  • Sword: "But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water" (John 19:34). Just like an angel blocked Adam and Eve from entering paradise again by a sword, so the way to paradise was opened up by the sword that shed Jesus' blood. He said to the thief on the cross next to him, " you will be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:43).

  • Death: "When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)."

Material taken from The Cross Bible study,


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