May 6, 2020
On Good Friday this year, I want us to compare Adam in the Garden of Eden and Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.
Give attention to the following comparisons :
1. FIRST COMPARISON
• In the Eden, Adam had sold the dominion of the earth given by God as a creature created in the image and likeness of Himself (Genesis 1:26)
• In the Gethsemane, Jesus ‘surrendered His life’ into the hands of the Father, made up His mind to do completely the Father’s will – even though He realized that it would lead to the crucifixion. But His obedience to keep on the ‘path of death’ has made the Father gave Him a Name above all names so that at His name, all that is in heaven, on earth, and under the earth must bow! And all who believe in Him will inherit the same authority of His Name! He makes His church – those who believe in Him – as head over all things on earth (Philippians 2: 8-11, Ephesians 1: 19-23).
2. SECOND COMPARISON
• In Eden, the first Adam failed to live in obedience to the Word, he chose to believe Serpent more than what God said or commanded (Genesis 2: 16-17).
• In Gethsemane, even though Jesus had a request: “If possible, let this cup pass from ME …” But Jesus still ended His prayer by saying: “But not as I will, but as You will… ” (Matthew 26:39 and 42). When the first Adam fell into disobedience in Eden, but Christ as the last Adam had proved that humans could stay living in absolute obedience to the Father’s will. Therefore, breaking all shackles and the power of Satan, sin, and Death over mankind! When the first Adam obeyed the serpent’s persuasion, he gave himself to be the servant of the Devil. While in Gethsemane, Jesus decided to stay in obedience to Father’s will, Jesus has destroyed Satan’s slavery, sin, and death for mankind! Man can choose again to only be God’s servants and live to only serve Him because he loves Him!
3. THIRD COMPARISON
• In Eden, the first Adam chose to live as initiators – lived apart from dependence on God. Because that’s what the Serpent offered (Genesis 3: 5).
• In Gethsemane, Jesus kept showing complete dependence on the Father as He stepped into realizing the Father’s will. Until there was an angel sent by the Father to strengthen Jesus (Luke 22: 42-44). Through His dependency on the strength of His Father, Jesus has made those who believe in Him and live fully dependent on Him to be covered with the blessing of the Father! We no longer need to struggle to enjoy God’s blessings, we are blessed people!
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV) “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
4. FOURTH COMPARISON
• In Eden, for the first time, man began to feel the turmoil of negative emotions – shame, fear, anger – something that never be felt when man lived in His presence (Genesis 3: 7-12).
• In Gethsemane, Jesus willingly gave Himself as a curse and bore all our sins, weaknesses, and negative emotions through His suffering and death on the cross (Isaiah 53: 1-12, Galatians 3: 13-14 ). By way of His suffering and death, He has redeemed us from all condemnation of sin and death (Romans 8: 1). Moreover, He has activated the law of the Spirit of Life in us as believers through His resurrection! (Romans 8: 2).
We once were corrupted as a consequence of sin, but now can completely be restored through the law of the Spirit of Life so that we shall enjoy life as when man has not yet fallen into sin. Even more, man will be able to keep growing and be built to experience the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus