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Jan 2015

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery | A Better Adam

Come behold the wondrous mystery: He the perfect Son of Man,
In His living, in His suffering, never trace nor stain of sin.
See the true and better Adam come to save the hell-bound man,
Christ, the great and sure fulfillment of the law, in Him we stand.
– Second verse of Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery by Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker, and Matt Papa

Verse two of Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery invites us to look at the mystery that is Jesus, the Son of Man. As verse 1 told us, Jesus, prior to coming to this world was the Son of God, the King, who was and is the theme of Heaven’s praises. But in this verse, we see this Jesus, who was robed in flesh, as the Son of Man. As the Son of Man, Jesus lived and literally “tabernacled” among us in human flesh, experiencing the full range of our emotions, and feeling the full measure of our joys and pains. And like all of us, Jesus suffered. Like you and I, He has suffered through temptation, He has suffered through sorrows, and He has suffered through afflictions; and yet, as the writer of Hebrews tells us, He was without sin. But because He has suffered as we have, and because He has felt what we feel in our sufferings, He is able to help us in our weaknesses. This is why the Son of God identifies with us as the Son of Man.

Today, look at Jesus – and when you see Him, don’t simply see a good teacher. Don’t see a revolutionary, or a man who won over the hearts of the people of His day. Don’t just see an example to emulate. See a Savior. This Son of Man, Jesus, came to save us. When we were hell-bound in our sin – giving in to the very sins and temptations that face us each day; when we are broken by the sufferings and afflictions that harass us throughout our lives; when we face the guilt, shame, condemnation, and fear that comes because of these things, Jesus steps in, not just as a Standard, but as a Stand-in – for us.

No matter what ethnicity or race you may be, we all share in the same sin of our same ancestor: Adam. We see the sin of our parents in the Garden of Eden as they disobey God by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree, and we spend our lives seeking to be better Adams, seeking, through our efforts, to prove that we’re not our ancestor – and yet each of us fail to keep both our own standards and God’s. We feel the crushing weight of God’s law as it breaks us down in every area. If we are really honest, we are no better than than the worst of us – and we are no better than Adam.

But Jesus comes as the truer and better Adam. What Adam failed to do in keeping God’s command – Jesus did. When Adam succumbed to sin and earned death, Jesus defeated both sin and death. Where you and I broke the law of God, Jesus fulfilled it. It is finished. Because His perfect, law-fulfilling life is credited as ours and because His death absorbs the punishment for our sins – we can stand, we can have confidence and assurance that God looks upon us with acceptance and love – all because of this perfect Son of Man.

Rayshawn Graves


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