Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it by the washing of water by the Word. Ephesians 5:25, 26 KJV

Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word. Ephesians 5:25-26 NASB

“… Holy and without blemish before Him …” Ephesians 1:4 (Newberry)

The scene in Eden’s garden was tragic from many vantage points. The entrance of sin into the world and the legacy of sorrow and tears it brought with it were heartbreaking beyond description.

Adam lived almost 1,000 years and must have wept bitter and remorseful tears as he saw the results of his fall as it corrupted the earth. The burial of Abel must have been one of the saddest moments in all of history. I wonder how many times Adam thanked God that he was not able to eat of the tree of life and live forever in a fallen scene.

Painful, as well, must have been the circumstance which faced him when Eve had taken of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. He looked upon a woman who had disobeyed God. Despite his love for her, he could not lift her out of her condition but could only join her. He could only descend to her level; he could not lift her out of the abyss into which she had descended.

But the Lord Jesus looked upon us in our deplorable condition. In love, He could lift us and bring us to His desire for us: a “blameless and spotless” state. But it entailed His first descending to accept the judgment which we deserved. He did not share the doom we deserved, but He bore the doom. He willingly “descended” to where we were that He might lift us to where He is.

The reason for the vast difference is that Adam was an innocent man and could not die for another. Christ, the Holy One, could offer Himself as a sacrifice which would deal with all we have done and all we are. He not only could die for ours, but die for us as sinners. Not only have we who were wrong become right (or righteous), but we who were bad have been made “good” by virtue of the new birth.

Consider:

Can you find other comparisons and contrasts of Adam and the Lord Jesus Christ?