The Fountainhead of Antithesis
Across the front of many communion tables is the phrase, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” Jesus told His disciples on the night of His betrayal to keep eating the bread and drinking the cup as a memorial until He comes.
The fall of man in Genesis 3 provides the first backdrop and the fountainhead of antithesis for remembering what Christ did in His incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. To compare and contrast is a profitable mental appetizer to the meal.
Adam betrayed God by taking food. Christ became food by being betrayed.
Adam ruined man by taking fruit down from a tree. Christ redeemed men by being lifted up on a tree.
Adam wasn’t thankful, he disobeyed, and then he died, bringing death to all sons. Christ gave thanks before He obeyed to death, bringing life to all His sons.
Adam became a judge of God’s Word in his sin. Christ bore the judgment of God’s Word against sinners.
Adam grabbed at being like God and was shamed. Christ did not count equality with God as something to be grasped and was exalted.
Adam had full fellowship with God that he turned away from. Christ was God and yet His Father turned away.
Adam did what was unthinkable in choosing to disobey; that is, man defied the sovereign God. Christ chose, in obedience, to do what is unthinkable; that is, God died for sinful man.
All that is good for us is in Christ alone.