Resurrected! The new Adam greets the new Eve

He is Risen and now what? Let’s not be too hasty lest we pack Jesus away with the plastic Easter eggs. In my series Lent. Destination, the garden, we saw how Jesus went out of his way to tell women that he was the Messiah. As we will see, there was a reason for this.

Jesus has been called “the new Adam.” That first Adam has been the bane of all mankind and so has Eve. But the Resurrection changed everything. Here was the new Adam – a spirit that gives life.

“So it is also written, The first human, Adam, became a living person, and the last Adam became a spirit that gives life.” (1 Cor. 15:45 CEB).

Let’s look again at that garden.  There is Jesus and there is Mary Magdalene. Since Jesus is the new “Adam,” Mary is the new “Eve.” She is the first to witness this new Adam. He called her by her name, thus naming her. She is a freed woman, no longer to be cursed by manmade rules and restrictions. She is freed of the stigma placed upon her by mankind. But it won’t last. Because whenever humans can place a stigma, they will, and they did.

Just as it was not a coincidence that

  1. Jesus told the Jewish Mary of Bethany that she was welcomed into the presence of the Master’s teaching,
  2. Jesus told the gentile woman that he had also come to be Messiah of the gentiles which included her,
  3. Jesus told the woman at the well that he was the Messiah whom the Samaritans had been expecting (believing that they were the true faith).

it was not a coincidence that Mary Magdalene was in the garden to see the Resurrected Christ – the new Adam. Everything was leading up to this.

Genesis begins in a garden. And here we are again, in a garden where the Apostle Paul says

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor 5:17)

The new Adam and the new Eve. And just like the original Eve, this woman Mary Magdalene who was cleansed of all her sins, remained under the curse of man. Not God, but man. So do all of us women who have come after her.

It is 2016. There are no more gardens. It is up to us to get it right.

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Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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4 Responses to Resurrected! The new Adam greets the new Eve

  1. krwordgazer says:

    It’s interesting to note in that story that Jesus could easily have appeared to Peter and John, but deliberately did not. Mary didn’t meet Jesus just because she happened to be there at the right moment. No, Peter and John came too, and saw nothing at all. Only after they had gone away again did Jesus appear– to Mary. He deliberately skipped over his two most prominent male apostles, and sent a woman as apostle to them. Why? To effectively force the male disciples to accept the testimony of women, in a world where women’s testimony was not acceptable or heeded. “The world may treat women this way,” Jesus was saying, “But in My church, it shall be different.” The church, however, quickly forgot the lesson.

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    • Many years ago before I had any thoughts about equality or women’s place in church because I was at the church every time the doors opened and was far too busy at church to understand what the church actually taught, my young pastor preached a sermon in which he said something like this:

      “God only had one plan. Plan A was that Jesus would die and be resurrected and that his disciples were to tell the good news to all the people. There was no Plan B.”

      After the sermon I went up to my pastor and said, “That WAS Plan B. Plan A was to first tell a woman.”

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  2. pnissila says:

    Shirley, I am curious: what did that pastor say in response to your comment?

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    • It was a long time ago. He and his wife and I were good friends and she was the age of my oldest child. I was old enough to be their mother. But I don’t remember what he said. What I can tell you is that I have sent each of my books to him at his church near Dallas with a personal letter and have never, ever, heard one word from him either of thanks or anything. His church is complementarian.

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