The Creator also set His desire upon dethroning the usurper – and his dominion. When He came to this earth, this is one of Jesus’ main objectives: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work… (that) by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil…” (1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14)
As Jesus resolutely set His sights upon the ordeal of the cross, He announced triumphantly:
The Savior came to bring the culmination of God’s plan of reconnection and restoration – bringing all things back to what the Creator designed them to be.
But there was one more necessary component that was requisite to this reconnection and restoration. It is essential to understand that what was lost, through a man, was required to be restored through a man. This was a highly significant problem since there was no man on earth capable of bringing such a restoration!
Prophetically, the prophet Isaiah spoke of the condition of mankind (especially God’s people; Isaiah 59!) and of the need to find a man to be the means to arrest this condition: “The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, He was appalled that there was no man to intervene…” (from Isaiah 59:15-16).
But a foundational message of the gospel of the Kingdom emerges: God stepped into the breach and did what only God can do: “…so His Own arm worked salvation for Him…” (Isaiah 59:16b) Scripture informs us that the eternal Son of God, the One Who created all things, took on human form (Philippians 2:6-7) and became the “Man from Heaven.” “
This second man, the One from heaven, came and made possible the reparation of vital connection with the sons and daughters of the first man, and became the way and means by which all things in heaven and on earth would be restored back to the Creator-King’s original design and purpose.
But He did much more than just become the means of restoration and regeneration – He came as the very Model of what was to come. He came as the living demonstration of what all human beings, connected to Him, could be. He came to show us what once was (before sin devastated mankind) and to show us what would be, once sin and its power to debilitate and dominate was rendered powerless.
Jesus’ work at the cross shattered every barrier to our divine destiny and made the way for each of us to discover the fullness of our dual purpose once again. His everyday life was lived in constant example of our dual purpose, forever proclaiming and demonstrating, with His every word and action, what was ordained for mankind from the very beginning of all things.
Jesus came as the “second Adam,” to restore what the first Adam had lost. The “second Adam” came to renew what the first Adam had carelessly ruined. The eternal Son of God came to make the sons of men into the sons of God, once again.