BCL Grow: Second Adam — John 13:1; 18:3, 25, 37
John 13:1; 18:3, 25, 37 (Redemption)
(In the Upper Room) Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end….(In The Garden of Gethsemane) Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons….(In the courtyard of the high priest) Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not”….(In Pilate’s palace) Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” — John 13:1; 18:3, 25, 37
"A major emphasis in the work of the second Adam (Jesus Christ, parenthesis mine)…is his obedience unto death on the cross—his substitutionary atonement on behalf of the elect—the penalty for the broken covenant of works as well as for actual sin they have personally committed.” J. V. Fesko, Last Things First: Unlocking Genesis with the Christ of Eschatology, p. 157.
Steps to Take
1. Remember: God had promised life to Adam and through him to his children if Adam obeyed God perfectly; however, God promised death to Adam and his children if Adam disobeyed (this is the covenant of works). Because Adam disobeyed, his offspring too came under the penalty of death, and because of sin they cannot now earn life because they cannot obey God perfectly. Sinful humankind does not have the righteousness needed to please God; rather, we have a debt of sin. This leaves all people in the gravest of circumstances.
2. Meditate: Jesus came to earth on a mission: Our righteousness accomplished and our punishment paid. Jesus obeyed God’s Law perfectly and earned righteousness and life for his sinful people. Jesus paid the penalty for his people’s sin by his death, taking our place and receiving the punishment we deserved for our sin (his substitutionary atonement).
3. Give Thanks: All of Jesus’ disciples abandoned or betrayed him. The religious leaders of the day hated him, and the government authorities condemned him—even while knowing he was innocent. Everyone stood against Jesus. Yet, Jesus stood firm in bringing the truth to his people—God would save his people from their sin. Rejoice in Jesus’ faithfulness for you!
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