Jesus Christ as the second Adam

Pastor Jeff Struecker

Let’s talk about Jesus as the second Adam and turn our attention to the Bible. The Bible has a lot to say about Jesus. It uses a lot of names, titles, and metaphors. And these titles and metaphors aren’t just in the new testament. The old testament is chock full of ideas and information about the coming Savior, and the rest of the new testament talks about the One who has come. One of the fascinating phrases that the Bible uses for Jesus is it calls him the second Adam or the last Adam. And the name Adam is a reference to Adam and Eve, the first two human beings that God created in the garden of Eden. 

Here’s a verse from 1 Corinthians that I want you to read and memorize because this verse has something really powerful to say about who Jesus is and what Jesus came to accomplish here. 

Memory Verse

The Bible compares Adam to Jesus because when God created Adam, God made Adam the federal head over all human beings, which means what happens to Adam impacts everyone. But Adam did the only thing that God told him not to do. He sinned and plunged all human beings into sin.

1 Corinthians compares Adam, the first man, with Jesus, sometimes called the second Adam. It says that the first Adam messed up and plunged all of us into sin. So the last Adam (Jesus) had to show up and fix the mistake and the consequences that the first Adam had. And really, what the Bible is describing right now is you get credit for something you didn’t do and didn’t earn. I want you to think about it like sports; there are points on the scoreboard that you didn’t do. On the stats, the people are giving you credit for those points on the scoreboard. Still, you know, you did absolutely nothing to deserve those.

Now, I’m going to put a question. If you’re part of a family or if you gathered around with your friends in a small group, why don’t you guys have an honest discussion about this question here?

A Challenge

Did somebody give you credit, and you know you didn’t do anything to deserve that credit, but yet they insisted on giving you credit, an upgrade, or something you didn’t pay for? Well, the greatest gift any of us could ever receive is to get credit for living an absolutely perfect life. None of us can say I’ve lived a perfect life, that we deserve the credit for perfection. The first Adam messed up and didn’t live the perfect life, so the last Adam had to show up and do what the first Adam didn’t: live a pure, perfect life. And what 1 Corinthians 15 says is as you get credit for what the last Adam did. Instead of taking the punishment for what the first Adam did, Jesus came so that you get credit for an absolutely 100% perfect life, and Jesus is giving you the ultimate upgrade.