March 2011 - Vol. 48.
by Jeanne Kun
Beguiled by Satan’s lies, Adam and Eve fell into his trap and disobeyed God’s command. As a consequence of their fall, sin came into the world through them – “and so death spread to all men because all men sinned” (Romans 5:12). Adam and Eve – whose name means “the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20) – are called the parents of the human race, yet ironically they also brought death to it. Through sin, human beings suffered more than merely a physical death, but also a spiritual death – separation from God and the impossibility of everlasting life with him.
If by Adam and Eve’s defeat humankind fell into the bondage of death, so by another human’s victory – that of the Word-made-flesh in Jesus – we rise again to life. By Jesus’ total submission to the Father, even to death, the human race was redeemed; our relationship to the Father restored, and we are able to share again in eternal life: “Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men” (Romans 5:18).
In his cycle of poems about God’s plan of salvation and his Son’s incarnation,. John of the Cross imagines a conversation in which Jesus expresses his obedience to his Father’s will to rescue us from eternal death:
My will is yours, the Son replied,Read and prayerfully reflect on these additional Scripture passages that describe how Jesus acted in trusting obedience to God:
Then I said, “Lo, I come;
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