Written by: Sam Abbott, UF Student
Due to the mistakes of Adam and Eve, mankind is cursed with sin and death. These stains have followed mankind throughout its existence, tarnishing the creation that was made in God’s own image.
However, there is a way to break the chains of sin and death forged by Adam. In Mark 3:20-35, the death caused by sin is destroyed by the eternal life Christ grants to his brothers and sisters. Christ declares that sin and blasphemy can and will be forgiven by him. This redemption of man gives us the ability to no longer fear death or be ashamed of sin. As Bishop Massimo Camisasca states, “Even if the experience of death is still in us, it is no longer a nightmare that darkens our existence, because death is no longer the last word. Our existence is no longer determined by the slavery of sin…” We should no longer try to hide from God out of shame, like Adam in the garden, because our existence is now defined by Christ’s mercy.
Christ obeyed his Father’s will and sacrificed Himself so that we may be free of sin and join Him in His Kingdom. As long as we do the will of God, we will be in Heaven as His brothers and sisters. In Romans 5:19, St. Paul writes, “just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” Through the New Adam, all things are made new.