Christ's First Look at His Church

“Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh

she shall be called Woman,

because she was taken out of Man.’” (Genesis 2:23)

Dear Reader,

This is the earliest record in Scripture of a man who is simply infatuated with a woman. We don’t know exactly how long man was without woman, but we do know that when he made his first glance at her, he was so overcome by her beauty that he burst into a stanza of poetic praise.

Even the way God created the woman was beautiful. God, “caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man” (Genesis 2:21-22).

Despite our natural inclination to make this text about Adam’s not-so-subtle response to Eve’s beauty, this is only a faint picture of a greater story.

This text is a foreshadowing of Christ’s first gaze upon his radiant bride, the church. We see this in three ways:

1)   Just as Adam’s flesh was pierced so that God could create his wife, so Christ’s flesh was pierced so that God could create his bride, the church. Without Jesus Christ, there is no church.

2)   Like we see in verses 21-22 the woman’s beauty began with the man just as our beauty begins with Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to die for his bride so that she could be presented before him sinless and without shame, in all of her beauty.

3)   Just as woman was a gift to the man in the Garden, so the church is God’s gift to his Son, Jesus Christ. God’s gift to Christ is the pure and lovely church.

Oftentimes as a single person, you dream about a romantic moment like the one between Adam and Eve in these verses. For the man, you desire to find a woman that captivates you in all of her ways, and for the woman, you long for a man to gaze upon you with such delight as we read about here. Though, right now, you may not have a spouse of your own, you do, if you have trusted Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of your life, have his precious gaze and attention fixed on you. 

Application

The record of Adam’s first glance at Eve is a faint image of the enjoyment of Christ in his bride. Spend time in prayer asking that God would create in you a heart that is satisfied in the endearment of Jesus Christ and wouldn’t be rivaled by the want of another person’s smile.