Before the original Adam was cast out of Eden, he was cursed. Read the words carefully and then consider Jesus’ Life, Passion and Death.
“Cursed is the ground because of you!
In toil shall you eat its yield all the days of your life.
Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; as you eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your face shall you get bread to eat,
Until you return to the ground from which you were taken;
For you are dirt, and to dirt you shall return.”
For the first thirty years of his life, Jesus lived among us as one of us. He toiled as a carpenter in Nazareth to provide for his mother after his father had died. For Him labor was not a curse but the will of God and He partook of its rewards.
In his public ministry he took on the work of God alone. Only He who had seen the Father could explain the Father and His Kingdom. This work too was the will of God, and His harvest was not vegetation but souls.
At His Passion He took on the redemption of the curse that only the New Adam could do. The blood from the sweat of his brow fell upon the earth redeeming the earth. The blood of his head soaked the thistles and thorns that crown about his head. It was by His sweat and blood that we have our eternal bread to eat. Finally in fulfillment of the curse his body was returned to the earth.
Just as the first Adam was drawn from the earth, so at the Resurrection we see the New Adam–Jesus come forth from the earth. As if to emphasis this point, who does Mary Magdalene mistake Him for but a gardener!
Mary Magdalene represents the redeemed church–the fallen woman restored. Jesus’s words to her are similar to Adam’s words to His bride. Adam had said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;” They were the same. Jesus’ words to Mary were, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” Jesus and man were the same with the same Father! Finally a bride for the solo Adam! The Father had brought for the Bride of Christ from the side of Jesus when he died, just as He did for Adam as he slept!
Let me form a hymn of praise to the New Adam!
Blest is the ground because of you!
Blest too is our toil because You shared in it.
You bring forth spiritual fruit from our simple labors!
Blest is the holy sweat that fell from your brow redeeming the cursed earth.
Blest is the fruit of the soil, the wheat and grapes that now have become your Body and Blood.
Blest are the thistles and thorns that crowned your head. You became King and Master of our Curse.
Blest is the ground that received you, Adam’s dirt to which you returned.
Blest is the new creation of Adam. The first-born who taught us to say, “Our Father!”
Happy Resurrection! Happy New Creation! Happy Easter!
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