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Chapter Two: The Messiahship of the Lord

 

II. The Next Adam

We are living in a very historic age. Looking upon biblical history, one can see that every two-thousand year period is marked by God’s significant intervention. Two thousand years ago, it was the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. Two thousand years prior to the birth of Jesus Christ, it was the victory of Jacob the son of Isaac, also the grandson of Abraham. That was the first time God revealed Himself as a God of three generations combined into one—God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Finally two thousand years prior to God becoming the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, there was Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. So we see that starting with the birth of Jesus Christ and going backward, something major happened in God’s providence every two thousand years.

According to the Bible, Adam and Eve were the first man and woman created by God. They are the ancestors of humanity. Abraham is considered an ancestor of humanity, though he was not the first created man. Jesus is also considered an ancestor of humanity. Two thousand years separate each above-mentioned ancestor of humanity. Will another godly figure appear and be considered an ancestor of humanity two thousand years after the birth of Jesus Christ?

The Bible refers to Jesus Christ as the second and last Adam. Here is what Paul said:

And so it is written: The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit.
  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. (1 Cor. 15:45–47— King James Version)

Chronologically Jesus stands as the third ancestor of humanity. Was Abraham supposed to be the next Adam? What would have happened if Abraham had not failed in his first (symbolic) offering? This is the offering for which God wanted Abraham to offer “a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon” (Gen. 15:9). The human reality is that we read the Scriptures without reflecting deeply on them. Thus we fail to understand the heart and the reality surrounding all of the God-called figures in human history.

Whether looking in the Bible, the Torah or the Quran, we all will agree that God called on many people throughout history. Were all these people or some of them supposed to become the next Adam of their eras? Was Noah supposed to become the next Adam? Were Abraham, Moses, King David, Buddha, Confucius and Muhammad supposed to become the next Adam? These can be very disturbing questions to some readers. Nevertheless, somebody has to bring them up. The problem with Christianity is that we believe Jesus was the Messiah. We believe, period.

The unfortunate reality is that when confronted with the idea, we do not know how to explain the fact that Jesus was the Messiah. By understanding why other God-called figures could not stand in the position of the Messiah, we can understand why Jesus was put into it. In Judaism for instance, Jesus is not the Messiah. The fact is that Jews have their own understanding of what the Messiah should do and be. To them Jesus was neither what the Messiah should be, nor did he do what the Messiah was supposed to do. Furthermore Islam regards Jesus as a prophet. For Muslims the work that Jesus did while on earth was the work of a prophet. In Christianity, however, Jesus was the Messiah.

The problem here is that the Messiah is supposed to be an across-the-board-figure. He is supposed to be not only a central figure of Christianity, but also a central figure of Judaism, Islam, Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other religions and philosophies.

Believing that Jesus was the Messiah is one thing. Understanding what made him the Messiah is very important in identifying the Messiah at the Second Coming. Failure to do so will result in another delay in the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth.

The most precious thing for humanity today, two thousand years after the birth of Jesus Christ and his rising from the dead, is to welcome the Messiah at his Second Coming. Is the Lord of the Second Advent still to come? Is he already here? Will it be easy to recognize him?

In God’s heart, there is nothing or no one as precious as the Messiah. In relating to God we need to understand the true value of the Messiah. Understanding the true value of the Messiah should begin with the already known Messiah— Jesus. Just because we pray in the name of Jesus does not mean that we are destined to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Also delivering people of demons in the name of Jesus does not mean that one has the power to recognize the Messiah at his Second Coming.

We have to understand Jesus’ heart, dreams, anger, anguish, desires, emotions, and frustration. Everything about Jesus was for God. Everything that Jesus did was for God. If it was not going to benefit God and His will, Jesus would not do it. He knew what his father was about, and he lived his life for the sake of his father. What filial piety! That is another aspect of Jesus’ messiahship. Is there anyone else who has lived as such? If there were, he would have been at the same level with Jesus as Messiah.

All of the central figures in history such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, King David, Muhammad, and others may have communicated with God, but they did not connect with God’s heart the way Jesus did. They did not live their entire lives for the sake of God like Jesus did. Jesus did not just say it when he asked people to put God first and above all. His own life was the model of that—putting God first and above all. Otherwise Jesus would not have had any problem fleeing from Israel to Egypt when the chief priests and company were plotting to kill him. Better yet, he could have confused those who were plotting his death and got them fighting with one another until they all dropped dead. Instead, he willingly went the way of the cross.

All the religious central figures related to God by putting Him in the position of Lord and themselves in the position of servants. When Jesus came, he introduced God as the parent and human beings as His children. The truth is that humanity is in what the Divine Principle calls a mid-way position. Human beings are in a position in which they can relate to both God and Satan.

God and Jesus do not want the mistake of two thousand years ago to repeat itself. Unfortunately, given that humanity still relates to both God and Satan, the Second Coming of the Messiah within the Christian community, which is the first coming of the Messiah in other religious communities, will still encounter opposition and persecution.

It is easy to say that the Messiah will not be persecuted again. “Not in our lifetime,” we may say. The truth is, because we do not even search for the Messiah, chances are that we could bump shoulders with him without even realizing that it was him. We may be on the same airplane, in the same country, same town and even living on the same street without having a single clue.

We have to earnestly seek and long for the Messiah. First things first, we need to clear certain issues. What will the Messiah look like? Will he come within Christianity or within another religion? Will he fall from the sky? Will he be born of a woman? Will he be red, white, black or yellow? On what continent will he appear? Which country will see the Messiah at his Second Coming? What language will he speak? When will he finally appear? These and many other questions should be answered so we can recognize the Messiah—the next Adam. Not all of these questions may concern you personally, but they can very well concern someone else.

 

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