Like Adam, Jesus was tempted by Satan (see Luke 4:1-13). Adam was tempted once and yielded to that temptation. Jesus was tempted three times and He resisted each by doing what Adam failed to do: trust in God’s word. While Adam doubted God’s word, Jesus clung to it.
Adam was tempted in paradise, surrounded by beacons of God’s faithful provision and beauty. Jesus was tempted in a barren wilderness. Adam’s failure in paradise led to humanity being expelled into the wilderness of sin and death. Jesus’ resisting temptation in the wilderness affirmed He was the One who would bring sinners out of that wilderness and back into paradise.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God, ate from a tree, and died. Jesus willingly obeyed God by being nailed to a tree to die for us. He took the bite of the serpent and the poison of the curse so that we could be released from both. And in doing so, Jesus crushed the serpent’s head.
Even in the midst of God’s judgment of sin in Eden, we see His grace. How have you experienced God’s kindness in times you have been disciplined by Him?