In Bethlehem, Jesus took our broken flesh that He might redeem it. But He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. The reality of His sacrifice, though not carried out at creation, was still a fact to Him. Fully omniscient, He knew all the details of His anguish before the universe was made. He knew that He would be sold for the price of a slave. He knew the taunts that would be hurled at Him. He knew He would be bruised and beaten. All of this He knew. But omniscience knows more than just the hard things, it also knows the joys. That means He knew that in human flesh He would reign king of the universe. He knew that He would be the great Second and Final Adam. He knew His DNA would restore and redeem humanity. Therefore before creation, as He diagramed all the components that would make up mankind, He purposed that the first Adam should reflect the last. He said, “Let us make man in our image. “ Not only in the image of His Godhead, but in the image of His future state, as a living breathing man, made of flesh and bones.
The entire story of Adam’s creation is a prophesy. But Adam did not know that his life was a type. He did not understand the he and Eve reflected the relationship between Christ and His bride, but it is so. Both brides were created from the pierced side of their beloved. Both brides fell and were given the hope of Immanuel. The only difference in the analogy is that Adam chose to sin and die with his bride, while Christ chose to obey and die for His. So when God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our Likeness,” it expresses what He knew He would someday do. He, our Immanuel, would “leave his father… And … cleave unto his wife: and they (would) become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24
This christmas let us rejoice in knowing that we will soon be in the likeness of our beloved’s glorified flesh. We will live like Him, be wrapped in skin like His, see with the discernment of His eyes and feel with a heart just like He has. We will stand in the New Jerusalem and see Immanuel, our perfect Holy God; our beloved man of flesh. “We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:2Share This: