Before God makes Adam, He says “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth and the creatures that crawl on earth”. God made Adam to rule and maintain all creation, He also made Him “in Our image, according to our likeness”. In what way did He make Adam in His own image? The answer may be found if we look within God’s character, the apostle John tells us “God is love”. Adam was made with the ability to love, but love is not love unless it is free, so God gives him the command “you shall not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” thus, the ability to love and the possibility of evil come into this world God made. This is where Adam fails and, in doing so, brings death to all men. Furthermore, he subjects the whole creation to death, for he was the ruler of it all. Adam was made in God’s image, free to love God, able to rule the creation with wisdom. In that same way, Jesus the second Adam comes with a truly free will, not only “in our likeness” but the perfect image of the Father, born to take back the authority that was lost with the first disobedience. Adam eats a fruit that kills and captivates us all under sin, Jesus drinks a cup that sets us free and gives us life. So Adam was the one living who brought death and Jesus the one who, in dying, brought life to us all. Just as the death brought through Adam is as sure as the sins you may have committed yesterday, or even today, so the life brought through Christ is sure to cleanse you of that sin. We are not captives to sin anymore, but children of the Father in Him. Trust Him, in your sin, in your shame, in your sorrow, and in your pain. He loves you and is dancing over you, take up that dance and find joy that overcomes the death and breaks chains.