15:46 However the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man."
When I was a young person at the age when I was starting to wrestle with what I was going to believe and asking some of the big questions I remember distinctly being angry that I had been born. I never asked to be born. If I hadn't been born I wouldn't have to choose what I believed or face the struggles of this life and my ultimate destiny. How could I be held accountable for a life I never asked to live?
A lot has changed since then but one thing has not. I am a victim or my heritage. I am balding by inheritance. I struggle with my weight by inheritance. Stubborn, impatient, distorted thinking, the list goes on and on. I am not just a child of my parents either. I am a son of Adam. I came from dust and to dust I will return.
In our passage today Paul creatively contrasts Adam, the natural man made from dust and Jesus the Lord from heaven. I inherited the line of Adam but I can choose the line of Jesus. He came to offer a different destiny. Atheists get it. No Jesus equals no alternative. Dust to dust. All follows the course of nature. There is just one path.
With Jesus there exists a new choice and if we choose Him we become what He is!
It's true I never asked to be born. I see it differently now though. I have an opportunity. I can take this free life I have been given and do as I please with it. It's like inheriting money. You didn't earn it or ask for it but you can do with it as you wish. I can even opt out. Many do. They get overcome or overwhelmed by this life and choose to leave early. Jesus opted out early for an entirely different reason. He did it for us. He did it to make us aware that there is an alternative path. He came to seek and save the lost. He came to rescue those who understood they were trapped in a life/death cycle they had no power over. Worse than the cycle of life and death was/is the tyranny of sin. Doing what we do not want to do and failing to find the strength to do what we wish we could.
Jesus came to set us free, to open the narrow way to a new future. It's still our choice. He won't force us. Love never forces. It's also not a "Follow Me or else!" scenario. It's a simple choice between remaining a child of Adam and returning to dust or choosing life eternal with the King of Kings. Nothing to lose and everything to gain.
I'm not angry I was born now. I'm grateful for the privilege. :)