“God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life …” But man fell into sin, and God said, “for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Genesis 2:7, 3:19 KJV).
“In Adam we have all been one,
One huge rebellious man;
We all have fled that evening voice
That sought us as we ran.”
“God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” But after the fall, man’s children were born, not in the image of God, but in the image of Adam. (Genesis 1:27, 5:3 KJV). In Adam all die.
“We fled our God, and losing Him,
We lost our brother too.
Each singly sought and claimed his own;
Each man his brother slew.”
However, one son of man was born in the image of God. His name was Jesus. His mother was bone of our bones and flesh of our flesh. He was our brother, but we crucified him on a tree. (Genesis 2:23, 3:15, Hebrews 2:14 KJV). Like Cain, we killed our brother.
“O Savior, when we loved you not,
You loved and saved us all;
O great good Shepherd of mankind,
Oh, hear us when we call.”
On Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, many Christians receive ashes on their foreheads in the shape of a cross as a visual reminder of the consequences of sin. From the ground we were created, and to the ground we will return: “earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” (Book of Common Prayer, burial).
“But your strong love, it sought us still
And sent your only Son
That we might hear his shepherd-voice
And, hearing him, be one.”
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV). Christians frequently partake of the Lord’s Supper, communing in the Lord’s very body and receiving his life giving blood: “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.” (1 Corinthians 10:16-17 KJV).
The Christian Church is the one Body of Christ. Jesus is our head and the new Adam. As he rose from the dead and conquered sin and death, in him so shall we all.
“Then shall our song united rise
To your eternal throne,
Where with the Father evermore
And Spirit you are one.”
— “In Adam We Have All Been One,” Christian Worship, 396:1-4, 6.