Lent 2009 (1) – Made from dirt

The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:47-49

We are made from the same stuff as the rest of creation. We are earthy creatures. Like Adam, the first man, we are created out of the earth. One day, we will return to the earth. In the face of that ubiquitous fact, we have no future except in Jesus Christ.

Dirt is also soil. It is organic and fruitful. In it things can grow and live. It isn’t just ‘dirt’. Earth can bring forth glory.

Jesus is the man from heaven. He too was like us, made of earth. But Jesus the man is also Jesus our God. In Jesus we see that we are not just earthy. By his grace we become than creatures of dust. We bear his image and become like him. Let’s turn to him in sorrow for all the times that we have turned our faces away from him and concentrated only on earthly stuff.

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