It just so happened that my readings this Good Friday turned out to be Genesis 3 and Romans 3. Not perhaps an obvious choice for such an important festival, but a great opportunity to reflect on the differences between the first Adam and the second Adam who is Christ.
The first Adam was given a command to obey and he broke it.
The second Adam never broke God’s law and was obedient unto death
The first Adam blamed someone else for his fall from grace.
The second Adam bore the iniquity of us all and poured out His life as a guilt offering (Is 53:6,10)
The first Adam was naked and tried to hide from God.
The second Adan, stripped and naked on a cross, bore our disgrace (Heb 13:13)
The first Adam bore the curse of disobedience.
The second Adam redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (Gal 3:13)
The first Adam had to be clothed by God to hide his shame.
The second Adam clothes those who believe with the new self, which is being renewed in the image of God (Col 3:10)
The first Adam was barred forever from the garden of Eden.
The second Adam promises paradise to the penitent thief (Luke 23:43)
Or as Paul puts it in Rom 3:23-24:
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.How? Well, Paul explains in the next verse:God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. In other words, thanks to the propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus, the sin of Adam is no longer the last word. That is why Good Friday is such good news, and why even as we remember such tragic events, we as believers rejoice.