The Fall and Rise of Adam's Race

The first Adam
GEN 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
GEN 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
GEN 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
In the beginning " God said ", 8 times, and all of creation was born. The waters, the grass, trees, flowers, etc, the fish, whales, sharks, shrimps etc, the birds, sparrows, cranes, penguins, eagles, wrens etc, the stars, the planets, the galaxies the constellations that the astrologers have down through the ages given undue credit to ruling the lives of men which incidently is evil in the sight of God. God just " spoke " and everything came into being according to how God could see it in His mind. That is all except man. In GEN 2:7 we read , And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. God never "said" this time He actually bent down and took a handfull of soil or dust and built the man muscle by muscle, bone by bone, nerve by nerve, digit by digit, vein by vein, organ by vital organ, hair by hair and cell by living cell. Man was created in a very personal manner by the intimate touch and shaping of the hand of the living God. God left nothing to chance here. Then when the physical part was done He actually breathed into the man the breath of life and the man became alive, intelligent, clever, articulate, powerful and clothed with the glory of the living God so much so that no other apparel was needed to protect him from anything. One minister of recent times describes this glory as "a shimmering forcefield " and Gods forcefields are usually made of light, thus the model was complete. Lets try and picture the scenario for a moment, this almighty all powerful being we call God was sat in the centre of this beautifull setting of the garden, His hands were moving with the speed of light at 186.000 miles a second, they would have looked like lighting. Fisrt the skeleton was assembled and the joints were tested for correct movement and since man is subject to gravity God may have started at the feet first then the legs then the pelvis then the spine and ribs then the arms and lastly the skull. Next would come the muscles to move the the whole frame, then the vital organs with their separate funtions, then the lifeline of veins and arteries to carry the lifeblood to every part of the body then the brain to control and command the whole wonderful product, then God takes the face and head of the man between both His hands and gently breathes into his mouth and nostrils and slowly the man begins to tremble, muscles flex, the blood flows to all parts of the body pumped by the wonderful organ of the heart, his brain is quickened, his whole body starts to glow with light and glory, his eyes open, he is now a full grown man full of the power and strength that God has given him and the first thing he has to see is his creator. He is stood before the living God the crowning glory of all God's creation made by the very hand of God in a real and personal way. The Creator took time and thought in the building of man. The physical design of man was no accident of evolution, take the eye for instance, it is the very first camera, there are several parts to the eye and they all need to be there at the same time for the eye to work. If you remove the retina or the iris or the optical nerve it fails to operate, it is perhaps the one part of the human form that evolutionists cannot explain or fit neatly into their scheme of things. Incidently if man was descended from apes or monkeys then why are there still so many of them left on the planet ?, surely they should all have evolved and there should be none of these primates left to form part of so many nature programs etc. One of the most useful parts of the human construction has to be the thumb. Have you ever tried to do a job of work without using your thumbs ? try it sometime ! and then wonder at the foresight and design of the living God. Perhaps the only thing that Adam lacked at the moment of his creation was knowledge, I rather think that the Lord God wanted to teach and explain things to him on a personal basis hence the visits every evening to commune with him, which is just like any loving father wanting to educate and guide the the way his children grow, this quality also has to come from our Creator.
God made man in His own image so the man at that time would in essence have been a miniature version of God in his own right. Just look at the power and authority he had as the only being in creation made in the image of God and created with a status above even the angels. He controlled all the animals and birds with a word. He controlled the very earth with the power of his mind. God gave him dominion over all the beasts of the field and instructed him to subdue the earth. The word dominion has several definitions, some of which are :- 1 authority, 2 mastery, 3 control, 4 power, 5 rule, 6 command. The word subdue also has several definitions like :- control, discipline, master, overpower and tame. Scientists have decided, that man, on average uses 10 to 15 percent of his brain's capacity and power. Adam being created totally perfect in the image of perfection as portrayed by God was using all his brain's power which would have been awesome. To be able to tell a lion or a tiger to come or go and see it done or to call down an eagle or a condor and see it done, to control the magnetic fields of the earth and keep Gods creations in order, what an awesome individual he must have been. He was imbued with the power of the almighty, he was the first human son of God, he talked face to face with God every day, he was a very very clever and intelligent man after all he aptly named each and every animal in creation, he was created with status and power above all the angels, he was next to God in all creation.
Adam was placed in the garden which must have been quite some size because Gen 2:10 says that a river flowed through the garden to water it and then split into 4 more rivers. It is possible that Adam with all the sonship of the living God at his disposal was able walk across the river to tend to the rest of the garden. In Matthew 14:29 we read that Peter walked on the water to go to the Lord, he only started to sink when he became afraid and started to doubt but Adam was perfect so to him everything was possible. And if that was not enough God had second thoughts and decided to make it even easier for the man so he made him a companion, a woman, (thank God for His second thoughts) to help him administer the estate and be company for the man when God was away on business in heaven. This man Adam was a mental and spiritual giant by our standards and a perfect physical speciman with no knowledge whatsoever of any ailments or sickness, stress or strain of any kind. Virtually nothing was impossible to Adam, he could also converse and trade ideas with angels and devils since he was able to listen and talk to the fallen angel lucifer. The woman no doubt was created along the same lines as Adam with the same sort of power and authority though perhaps a little weaker in perception since she allowed herself to be conned by satan. But for all Adam and Eve's awesome and mighty power and control and kinship to the living God, when they were tempted only once by satan they succumbed and fell from power, status and that daily communion with God. It is worth noting here that temptation was within easy reach, the Word of God does not say that they had to climb the tree or struggle in any way to take or accept the fruit, it only states that " she took of the fruit " and from that time in the history of man till now temptation has always been within easy reach. The man and the woman ate the fruit and the Word of God does not mention apples, that is mans idea. After this event straightway the light and glory of God that was their clothing slowly extinguished itself and they were left with no protection or covering, they also lost some of their abilities in the spiritual realm as well as their power over Gods wonderful creation, the earth and all it's inhabitants. Now they were very frightened and panic and fear set in, in a big way, they felt very vulnerable. They made aprons of fig leaves hastily stitched together perhaps using reed or grass for thread and maybe some vine as straps to fasten them on with. Mankinds attemps at covering his own sin and wrongdoing have always been futile and totally inadequate. The Lord God had to redress them but something had to die to do it. Death then came into the garden for the first time. A creature that had done no wrong was slain and stripped of it''s coat and it's glory to replace the glory that was man's covering. God could not recover him with his previous coat because it was lost for all time and since sin cannot enter the presence or glory of God Adam could not be reclothed with God's glory as it would have killed him physically as well. The first innocent death on earth was the forerunner to display how the Lord God would eventually rescue and reclaim mankind and restore him to his former estate but in a more consolidated manner and without the presence of the evil one to spoil Gods plans again. Satan must have been killing himself laughing at mankinds downfall and the apparent screwing up of Gods wonderfull plan for creation but I'll just bet he was sick to the pit of his stomach when he realised the Lord God had already provided a remedy to rectify this sorry state of affairs. He'd have been even sorrier when God turned round and cursed him as well, I don''t think he expected that or he might not have done what he did. Because of this catastrophe man lost all the power and control of creation given to him by God. His Spirit and mental capacity eventually died right back to what it is today due to one moment of weakness.
In Isaiah 14:14 we read the words "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High" This is what lucifer (satan) said before God kicked him out of heaven so he figured if I can get them to make the same mistake I made maybe I can rubbish the earthman and ruin Gods creation. So with Eve being a little weaker than Adam and easier to talk to he figured he would do it through her. What were some of his words again ? Gen 3:5 says he said "ye shall be as gods" and it worked, and right down through history mankind has always striven to achieve power and status to which he was not entitled. Many false religions, cults and sects have leaders who have made themselves a god or a demigod of some sort or other. The Pharaohs and the Ceasors were also deighified in such fashion. Caligula was a prime example of this. So because satan and man both made the same basic mistake they fell from glory and favour and their former estate with one all important difference, satan was only an angel but Adam was a son of God, he was family, created in God's image, part of God was still in Him because God had breathed into him to give him life. Adam was still a son of God, God still loved the man and all that he was meant to be. Incidently before Adam and Eve sinned they were only having a discussion, a debate an exchange of ideas about the fruit, they could just have easily walked away but since they did'nt the birth or foundation of the world as epitomised by the babylonian concept of the trading of ideas and all it leads to took place. In John 8:44 we read that Jesus said "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it". Satan interfered with God''s creation and effectively caused it's ruination with his lies which led to the spiritual death of mankind.
The Lord God was watching this event as it was happening and straightway decided that Jesus would in the due process of time redeem and restore the situation. When satan was kicked out of heaven God did not curse him as such but when man fell it must have upset God a great deal for Him to curse satan, the man and woman and creation as well. Closer study reveals that God did not intend for Adam and Eve to have a big family but in that moment in time all that changed because God said " I will greatly multiply thy conception " hence the explosion of the population to cover the earth in such a short space of time. It seems that Eve was not originally meant to have lots of children or any other woman in the first place. Adam lived 930 years and had many sons and daughters if you ever wondered where Cain got his wife from. The first Adam was the father, leader, and firstborn of the human race created in the image of God. Adams lifetime was nearly a millenium long, by our standards of lifetime (i.e. 70 - 80 years on average) we would class that as forever, but not God, He put Adam out of the garden for only one reason, to prevent him from taking of the tree of life and living forever. Adam and Eve must have thought the end of the world had come when they were being ejected from the garden, outcast and seemingly not wanted anymore and it was clear they were never gonna get back in cos God put angels on guard with flaming swords to keep them out. What pain and distress both mental and physical they must have experienced when they realised what had now become of them. Leaving the garden forever, covered in what may have been sheepskins still smelling of fresh blood and broken hearted in the process, not knowing what to expect except hardship, toil and strife. I say sheepskins because that is the animal that the Bible refers to every time when future references are made to Jesus and that is also the animal that Able breeds and farms later on to make more clothing with. They would not at this time have eaten meat of any kind because man was a vegetarian still and remained so till Noah came back out of the ark, at that time the Lord God commanded mankind to start eating animal flesh as food.
There is no more mention of mankind encountering the 2 trees that were in the garden and since the whole earth is explored and populated one must assume that God eventually removed them from the earth altogether especially when the wickedness of mankind increased and knowing the stories that Adam must have passed down to his offspring and man being what he is would have went looking for them. The Lord God cursed the earth with thorns and thistles. Consequently the whole earth is strangled with weeds of every description along with briers and poisonous plants that are harmfull to both man and beast. In the United Kingdom the unfavourite has to be the dandelion for all gardeners since it grows so fast and prolifically and the roots go quite deep and they appear in the most unwanted and unusual places and it really is a curse at times. During the time that Adam was still unblemished all the animals were tame, there were no wild animals since all were under control and Adam and Eve had the mastery of them from the sheep to the lion from the deer to the elephant from the dog to the bear or any other creature you can think of. But when mankind sinned and fell he lost control of the creatures because the power of God was gone from him, consequently animals like the lion, bear, crocodile, snake, wolf etc slowly became wild , agressive and dangerous. The end result of the fall of Adam is tragedy and catastrophe on an earthwide scale, in the animal kingdom the plant kingdom and the kingdom of man both spiritually and physically. The results of sin are far reaching and long lasting even into eternity BUT ! the Lord God devised a plan to redeem creations crowning glory and restore it to it's former estate with even more glory than before.

The second Adam

The first reference to the Lord''s plan of redemption for mankind is found in Genesis 3:15 where we read these words "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Here God was telling satan that one day a man would be born that would never be subject to the lies, deceit and power of satan in fact the very opposite was going to be the norm and furthermore this man was going to defeat corruption and death in all it''s forms for ever. Notice that God said this of the woman's seed not the man's, in Matthew 1:20 we read "But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." which means that while women would conceive and give birth normally there would come a time when the natural scheme of things would be suspended for a moment in time and God would again create another Adam by the power of the Holy Ghost making Himself the father of a man once again. Mary the still pure, chaste and virgin wife of Joseph was chosen to bear the Holy one to birth. She was overshadowed by the protection and power and love and care of the living God. She had found favour with God, she was not going to fulfill that part of scripture which says "in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children" there would be no complications during Mary''s pregnancy it would be a perfect confinement period as God had originally intended in the beginning, can you imagine having the Lord God for your docter every day and providing for your every need and making sure there was no pain or distress, what a wonderful thought !. Notice also that Mary was married so the the Lord was born and brought up in a normal family enviroment so there could be no wagging tongues or vicious gossip or worse. Joseph himself was a man above reproach, a man with a sound and God fearing character chosen to be the earthly gaurdian of this heavenly charge and he did the will of God without question. How clever is our God ! However this second man, this second Adam would be no ordinary mortal, this man would have the spiritual genetic traits of the Lord God, this man born of a woman untouched by man would not be contaminated by sin or the genetic qualities and failings of the the human race. Since God through the Holy Spirit would take the place of the physical earthly father this man would again be born perfect but stronger with much more insight and knowledge than the original Adam, this second Adam would succeed and triumph where the first Adam failed. Man because of his contamination by sin could not give rise to his own salvation, this had to come from the Lord God. So what God was telling satan there and then was , one day sunshine I'm gonna send a guy that's gonna knock the living daylights outta ya an he's gonna sort you out good an proper. There are many wonderful prophecies in the Word of God concerning this forthcoming world shattering and time splitting event in fact too many to mention them all here but we will look at some of them.
Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
Psalm 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before him.
Daniel 7:14 And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
All these scriptures make direct reference to the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the living God once again born in the image of God and with all the power, purity, authority and righteousness that can only be given by the living God. The coming of Jesus was foretold for centuries. The victories He would achieve, the triumphs He would achieve, the pain, the sorrow, the grief, the agony He would also have to suffer for and on behalf of the human race which are the children of the first Adam. In the gospels we are given a good account of the earthly life and times of Jesus. This second Adam had much more power, strength of character, wisdom, knowledge, righteousness, sense of duty, love, honour and willing loyalty to the will of God the Father than the first Adam could dream of. This man Jesus made the first Adam look small by comparison because this man Jesus was and is the direct Son of the living God and satan had to meet him and try out his stupid cons yet again. Some people never learn do they ?. There are 2 separate accounts of Jesus being tempted, the first in Matthew reads as follows :-
Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Matthew 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
Matthew 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Matthew 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
The Lord spent 40 days alone in the dessert with no food so He would then be at His physical weakest and satan would have thought gotcha but he could not have been more wronger. The Lord Jesus was subsequently tempted not once not twice but three times by the same old serpent from the garden. He did not have a lot to offer the first Adam but boy now he thought I can try again cos this time theres kingdoms to rule. So first off he thought the mans gorra be hungry now lets try Him with some bread, but he underestimated the strength of the Lord, fool ! Next it was chuck yerself off the temple and the angels will catch you, and then best one of all, all these kingdoms will I give you if you worship me, fool ! did he not know that the Son of God already had them one way or another and why should Jesus bow down to him ? an evil little nobody. This satan person has to be the prize fool of all time to think his stupid little con could work for the third time in a row. In a triple test the Lord Jesus had faced down the crafty conman and soundly beaten him, something the first Adam failed to do in a single test. So the the Lord had started to bruise satan's head as stated by God in the beginning. The main reason for the Lord's birth was yet to come. If satan thought he'd got off light just licking his wounds then he was due for the shock of his worthless life. Now although God did not visit man any more in the same manner that He did in Eden, Jesus was still in direct contact with Him through the power of prayer which He used regularly. Prayer has much more power than a lot of people give it credit for. Every schoolboy knows that the human brain emits radio waves which can also be measured and monitored. The power of the human mind although in a much depleted state is still quite staggering. Many years ago when I was a boy in my early teens I remember reading an article in a magazine called the Prophetic News which my mother used to get every month. The article in question was about a test some scientists were conducting on the brain. They wanted to know what happened to the brain at the moment of death, so 2 elderly people were found in a hospital, an old man dying of cancer I believe who was an out and out sinner and an old woman who was a devout christian. Both had electrodes etc taped to their heads to measure radio waves, the scientists were in the next roon monitoring the dials and switches. Every time the old man cursed or made a pass at the nurses the dials on the equipment registered in the negative side of the scale. The old lady was praying earnestly just before passing on to her reward and the scientists were so engrossed in listening to her praying they forgot about their equipment. Eventually a loud clicking drew their attention back to the equipment and to their astonishment the dials were registering off the scale in the positive. The scientists found that the lady was transmitting enough radio power in her prayer to match a 50 kilowatt power station at least because that was the limit of their equipment. So with that in mind we have to realise the power of the prayers of Jesus must have been awesome. For instance in Luke 22:31 we read "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Notice the surety and confidence Jesus had about the expected result when he said to Simon "and when thou art converted" not if . So not only was Jesus the Son of the living God He was also in direct contact with His heavenly Father on a regular basis.
The Lord Jesus knowing the success His prayers would have also taught us how to get on the same wavelength as Himself. In Matthew 6 He says "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking, Be not ye therefore like unto them for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him, After this manner therefore pray ye" . Then Jesus spoke what people have called the Lord's prayer but carefull study indicates that Jesus was telling men how to pray, what things to ask for and used the resultant prayer as an example. One can change some of the words for instance and thus make the Lord's prayer very personal. Notice another thing the Lord said to Simon "satan hath desired to have thee" which indicates that satan sticks true to form and tries to ensnare anyone that can make a difference for the purposes and will of God since he can't do much himself without the agreement of men. It is therefore worth praying for our spiritual leaders and those in authority that they teach and make decisions on our behalf according to the will of God and not be blinded and misled by the god of this world. 2 Corinthians 11:14 says And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light, we have to be very carefull when the champion deceiver is around and on form. So while the first Adam communed with the Lord God on a 1 to 1 basis we can do the same thing through Christ Jesus. Don't think that because you and I are only one of millions that God will never hear us, the capacity and the ability of Almighty God is far far beyond the comprehension and imagination of the human mind. Jesus therefore re-established that daily link to the living God on our behalf after the disconnection that took place in Eden, so you can see that Jesus is slowly but surely and deliberately reforming the relationship with God for man. The Lord Jesus has now beaten satan and re-established contact with God there remains only death and hell to defeat in order to retore glorious supernatural life to Adams race.
The first Adam was created in the image of God, The second Adam was part and parcel of God. Jesus said "I and the Father are one" and " the Father is in me and I in Him" one can never fully explain the mystery of the triune God, it is enough to accept and believe what we read in John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The whole purpose of the life of Jesus was to make restitution and atonement for the sin of man and in so doing to restore him blameless once again before Almighty God and reinstate and mend the broken family ties. Romans 6:23 Says For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The sin of Adam and Eve brought death to every man and woman ever born on the face of the earth. Every person is guilty of sin and as such we all deserve death, and that includes servants, slaves, freemen, presidents, premiers, kings, queens, priests, ministers, bishops etc no-one is exempt because Adams sin is passed down through the physical and spiritual genes from generation to generation so even if you live a good life and do no wrong, speak no wrong, think no wrong, help your fellow man all you can etc (which is impossible anyway) you are still guilty, there is no escape. Every schoolboy today knows about genetics, scientists are always messing with and trying to change genes in this animal or that animal to improve the strain or make em bigger. They are also interfering with the genetics of mankind which is Gods creation and province alone. ( Speaking personally I believe that to be bigtime sinful ) Whilst there can not be any physical evidence as such for "spiritual genes" how many times have you heard some-one say "he's just like his father" or " she's like her mother " or "like father like son" etc when making reference to some spoken word or deed which has come from some-one else and I'm not talking about physical characteristics but rather the heart and mind of the person. If we accept this then we can see how and why every-one is contaminated. The Bible says "all have sinned".
Matthew 27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.
Matthew 27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
Matthew 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
Matthew 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Matthew 27:30 And they spit upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head.
Matthew 27:31 And after that they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him, and put his own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
Matthew 27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
Matthew 27:33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
Matthew 27:34 They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
Matthew 27:36 And sitting down they watched him there;
Matthew 27:37 And set up over his Head His accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Matthew 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
Matthew 27:39 And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads,
Matthew 27:40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
Matthew 27:41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, said,
Matthew 27:42 He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.
Matthew 27:43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have him: for He said, I am the Son of God.
Matthew 27:44 The thieves also, which were crucified with Him, cast the same in His teeth.
Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Matthew 27:47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
Matthew 27:48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink.
Matthew 27:49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save Him.
Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Matthew 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Matthew 27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Matthew 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the living God came willingly to accept the wages of sin on our behalf. He came from God to die in our place, to pay the price demanded by God for our redemtion because we could not. If we paid the price ourselves we would die at life's end and there would be no redemtion or reconciliation just the prospect of eternal hell in outer darkness which will be the lot and judgement of all those that heed not the word of God. The Lord Jesus was tried and sentenced by men of stature in the times of the Romans 2000 years ago. They were very barbaric times then. There were many ways to die and the Romans had the methods of execution down to a fine art. Their favourite was crucifiction with or without nails but mostly with. The nails were not nice little things you see today they were rough and ready iron spikes most likely blunt as well. This then is the scenario, The Lord Jesus had been beaten up with whips, how degrading and painful to say the least, they also rammed a crown of thorns down on his head that would have been excruciating agony in itself with the thorns cutting and digging into the flesh, some people even pulled the hair from His beard, all the people mocked and took the mickey and ridiculed Him, He had to carry His own cross at least part way, thats just like digging your own grave at the point of a gun. Others kept digging or kicking at him. It seems that anyone sentenced to die in those days was fair game for every indispicable and inhuman act of barbarism that crossed their minds. But what must have been even worse than that the Lord knew he was about to die to save not only the world but his would be executioners as well. So the cross was thrown on the ground then the Lord was virtually stripped and thrown on top of the cross, then 2 or 3 soldiers passed the spikes around making funny remarks then they started hammering then into his hands then they started on the feet, when they were satisfied that they would hold they pulled the cross upright and dropped it in the hole in the ground, and all this was done to an innocent man what barbarians they were. This very public travesty of justice involving 2 nations the Jews and the Romans who were also gentiles and representative of all mankind could not have taken place at any other time in mans history because that is the only time all the conditions could be met. It seems then that man was at a crossroads between barbarity and civilisation then. The Lord Jesus hung on the cross for about 6 hours suspended between heaven and earth in great physical pain and agony with all the weight of his body hanging on 4 nails. The blood was running out from the wounds in His hands and feet and His brow where the thorns were. He was greatly distressed in body, soul and spirit and now He was left on His own by His Father the Lord God, the sun had doused her light so no earthly eyes could see Him in the darkness even satan and his demons fled all of which means that the Lord Jesus was very very alone in the whole world and universe and in one final act of triumph and still subjecting Himself to the will of God He gave up the Ghost and died of His own free will. One of the soldiers then stuck a spear in His side and the blood of the Son of God poured out and ran down His body and legs and soaked into the ground. Such a death should have been ours. The price was paid ! The just died for the unjust. The sacrifice was complete. In the past when sacrifices were made for man's sin the Bible records that God smelled a sweet savour, but not this time, the weight of the sin of the whole world from the time of Adam to the end of time was laid on the shoulders of Jesus thats why God could not look at Him. When Jesus died he had beaten the enemy and an enemy in defeat runs away so no satan hanging around. At the moment of death the innocent Jesus was classed as being guilty for you and me Now it was up to God to finish the job and restore His Son to life otherwise why bother with a sacrifece at all ? Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. Matthew 28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
Matthew 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
Matthew 28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
Matthew 28:6 He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Matthew 28:7 And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you. The Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the living God had risen. God the Father had raised Him from the dead so now the last enemy was soundly beaten. Jesus the Son of God had accepted the death penalty demanded by God in Adam's place for the sin of Adam which is on us all. God then restored Him to life never to die again. Because of the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus, God has set him far above all other powers in earth and heaven, He was obedient to the will of God in every way, shape and form and was totally and utterly blameless before God and men unlke the first Adam. If we as sinners wish to be a part of that innocence and blamelessness and stand again before God cleansed of all sin, then we have to accept that Jesus died for us and take Him into our hearts and lives that He may live through us. He shed His life's blood to save us from our sin and present us clean and pure before God as the family of Adam once again but this time it is a new Adam, a spiritual Adam in the shape and form of Christ Jesus. We will always be the physical children of Adam but now we can be spiritual children of the spiritual Adam cleansed both physically and spiritually in body and soul.
Now mankind if he desires can tap into the resurrected power of the Son of God to resist that old conman called satan and to fight the inherited evil within ourselves untill that time when the Lord of glory comes in person to take us back home to be with God the Father once again and renew that communion in a much greater way than Adam ever had. The scriptures tell us that the redeemed of the Lord shall live and reign with Him a thousand years in due course even before the judgement day and satan is consigned to hell and eternity begins.
1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
1 Corinthians 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1 Corinthians 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
1 Corinthians 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
With these things in mind it behoves us to seek the face of the Lord in all humility that he may teach us His ways so that we are not only saved and born again but that we be fit and worthy to reign with Jesus our Saviour according to the Word of God. The wonderful thing about accepting the Lord's blood bought salvation is that you have to possess the express desire deep within you to make you want to obey the Word of the Lord and if you have that now in your sinful state you will also have it forever in that perfect state yet to come which means that God will be able to rely on you to do the right thing. Adam had a choice and chose death, we have a choice also, lets choose life. May the Lord bless whosoever takes the time to read and understand what is written here.


Written by Wilf Mossop