This lesson is about why Jesus came—His spiritual assignment. Most of us have an understanding of who He is; we're sinners in need of a Savior to come to repentance.
But why did He come.
Up till recently I thought His mission in the earth was twofold: “have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, NASB). However, the Word describes Jesus as the “last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45, emphasis added). This indicates that He was to finish what the original Adam started. In other words, Jesus was to carry on Adam’s assignment.
So, to understand why Jesus came we must first look at Adam’s
purpose which is found in Genesis 2:15:
“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden
to dress it and to keep it.”
The word dress here is the Hebrew word `abad which has several meanings; two of which simply means “to serve or to make oneself a servant”. Keep is the Hebrew word shamar which means “watchman, preserve, guard”.
Therefore, Adam’s spiritual assignment was to serve in the Garden. He was like a high priest to the whole planet. He was to serve mankind, and the animal and plant kingdom. God came down in the “cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8); therefore, he had fellowship with the Spirit twice a day. One of his greatest responsibilities was to keep, protect the Garden. He failed this in three ways:
The assignment has never changed. (It just changed hands.) Jesus came
to do what Adam neglected to do. Therefore, Jesus’ spiritual assignment is
simply to restore everything the first Adam lost. Jesus didn’t wait until He
was in the flesh to start restoring what Adam lost either. The Word says:
like the first and last Adam had a spiritual assignment, you and I also have
one. God has created you for a specific purpose that only you can fulfill. It
was thousands of years before the last Adam came. If you and I neglect our
assignment it can be centuries before He raises another up. Therefore, we must
accomplish that for which we are sent. Others are counting on us.
I ask right now
Lord, that You would show each person their spiritual assignment in the earth.
Give each one a fire to see that purpose fulfilled. Touch each life, and may
new mantles be released and fall from heaven even now, in Jesus’ name.
By spiritual assignment I mean divine assignment.
Notice, God “took” Adam and “put him in the garden…” This shows an apostolic anointing. The apostle always comes from a different country.
The word minister can mean “one who does menial tasks”.
The word watchman is a prophetic word, showing Adam’s prophetic gift. (Eze 3:17)
When God created “the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1, NIV), the earth was a mirror image of heaven. Two trees of life, one in the earth (Gen 2:9) and one in heaven (Rev 22:2); two Gardens, one in the earth (Gen 2:15), one in heaven (Eze 28:13).
The word high priest means to serve. To bring into effect. Jesus is our high priest of healing, He is not high priest over sickness. He is Lord over sickness, but not high priest. Jesus is high priest over prosperity. This means He ministers it into effect. The Garden of Eden was about 1,200 sq mi. Which means Adam had thousands of miles to be the high priest over the rest of the planet. In other words, he was to spread the Garden into the entire planet.
Some Were Ruthless; Others Spineless
Genesis of Sin in Man
Encounter with the One, True God
Unwavering, Steadfast, and Unyielding
A Lifestyle of Holiness & Dedication
Jesus Came to Restore what the First Adam Neglected
Tenderly Loving & Drawing
Who is Jesus
His Anointing, Calling, & Judgement