Mission of the Second Adam
Message No. 0535 | Twitter @GodandUs | www.wisdom-speaks.ca
It is often said that a vision statement describes what you want to be or where you want to go, while a mission statement (usually complementary to a vision statement) describes how you want to get there. Every major company, institution or organization has these twin statements, and this is what drives them toward the achievement of their goals.
When God created man, He had both statements in mind. The vision was for man to be alive, forever, to dominate and rule over all other things that God created. The mission? In Genesis 2:16-17, the Bible says:
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Remember the vision: stay alive, forever, and dominate God’s creation. In order to attain that vision, man must eat the fruits of the trees in the garden (to sustain life and provide energy), but he/she must not eat of a particular fruit in the garden, because doing that will derail the vision and lead to death, especially spiritual death – the special communion between God and man would cease. The mission was clear, but the first Adam failed and, of course, God’s Word came to pass.
In order to reignite the vision of God for man, He needed a Second Adam, to reestablish the dominion that He gave to man in the first place. The vision remained the same, or, at least, largely. The vision was however slightly amended. This time, it was to take power back from the devil, set man free and hand back the power of dominion to him so he can go back to attaining the original vision – stay alive, forever, albeit, spiritually. In Matthew 1:21, the mission of the Second Adam was stated:
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
The mission was clear, but unfortunately, Israel was not on the same page with God. All they wanted in a savior was to act in the same manner as the judges acted in the days when there were no kings in Israel. They wanted a Gideon, a Jephthah or a Samson, who would deliver them from the captivity of Rome. God had a different pathway: the captivity under Rome would end if the captivity under Satan ends. Because of this misplaced priority, Israel fought against their own Savior and got Him nailed to the cross, thereby, inadvertently, forcing the completion of the mission itself.
Even today, the world still does not understand this mission. We often look to the wrong directions for solutions to our problems. In poverty, all we want is money. In sickness, all we want is medicine. In difficult situations, all we clamor for is a hero. Nobody steps back to check: ‘Am I putting the cart before the horse?’ In 3 John 1:2, the Bible says:
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
What this is saying is that the prosperity of your soul is vital for the prosperity of your body. While giving your life to Christ is not a silver bullet to solving all of your problems, it certainly establishes a foundation for your problems to begin to receive attention. In Mark 7:27, Jesus said:
“First let the children eat all they want, … for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
Removing the barrier between you and God was the primary mission of the Second Adam. Getting you to give your life to Christ and by so doing getting you out of eternal disobedience to God and out of the captivity of the enemy was, and still is, paramount to God. So, as the world celebrates the birth of our Savior this week, please remember that Christmas is not about eating and drinking, about meeting friends and family or about any other thing that the world has made it. While some of those activities may not necessarily be wrong, we must remember that Christmas is about your soul. If you are yet to give your life to Christ, please do it this week, as a matter of priority. This is what gets you to where God intended you to be. This is the mission. I pray that you respond to this critical need, without further hesitation. Merry Christmas and God bless you!
To leave a comment for this message, add new subscribers or share through social media, please follow these steps:
1. To leave a comment, please use the comments box below.
2. To add new readers, please use the Subscribe Form below or click on the Subscribe menu and enter your email address.
3. To share through social media, please use one of the relevant icons below.
PLEASE ACT NOW: If you are yet to give your life to Christ, you do not have a covenant with God and His promises do not apply to you. To come under these promises, please surrender your life to Christ today, by praying this prayer: Lord I know that I am a sinner and I am unable to save myself. I am sorry for my sins and I pray that you please forgive me. I am aware that Your Son Jesus died for my sins and I accept Him as my Lord and savior. I surrender my life unto you from this moment. Please take control of my entire being and help me to be obedient to your Word, going forward. Thank you, Lord, for hearing me. I have prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen. If you prayed the foregoing prayer, you have just been born again. Please find a Bible believing church in your area and ask to see the pastor. Let him or her know that you have just given your life to Christ and s/he will guide you on next steps in your journey as a child of God. The Lord bless you!