Sin, Death & Hell: The First Adam (Part 2)
May 8, 2020
May 8, 2020
The first Adam is representative of the human race. Because of him, we are put on the path to sin, death and hell.
Is this our fate?
Yes. We are born to die. We are the children of Adam. Moses spoke to God and said, “You return mankind to the dust, saying, ‘Return, descendants of Adam.’” (Psalm 90:3)
We recently did something we had never done as a church, and that is celebrating Ash Wednesday. Wearing the ashes is a visible reminder that our lives are precious and short. As you received your ashes, maybe you were told something like, “Remember that you are dust.”
That statement, “Remember that you are dust,” is a direct quote from Psalm 103:14: “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” The Lord knows that we are dust. He knows our lives are short.
“Our lives last seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty years. Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away. . . Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” (Psalm 90:10, 12)
Death is a grounding reality to help us filter out the things that aren’t essential. Death helps us focus on the eternal. For us the essential is the eternal.
Colossians 3 says, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2)
If you have been raised with Christ, you should focus on the eternal. You know that everything around us is going to pass away.
“Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” (Matthew 6:25, 33)
Every single thing the disciples were worrying about that day when Jesus said this to them has passed away. None of it is a factor anymore.
I used to worry about whether my team was going to win the game or not. Then I thought (and this normally comes to me around the third week of October), “Did we win last year?” If I remembered, which was doubtful, the answer is, no, we probably did not win last year either! It didn’t really matter.
Death is real. Sometimes we live in a bit of a bubble. Death seems to be oh so far away. Then like a lightning bolt out of the blue, the reality of death hits us full force.
Sin is real. Death is real. Judgment and hell beckons us all.
The Apostle Paul felt it too. He said (or did he scream this?), “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24)
Thankfully, Paul doesn’t end here. Check out the next blog post for some good news.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.