The mystery of Adam’s wounding and Easter
“21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs or a part of his side and closed up the [place with] flesh.
22 And the rib or part of his side which the Lord God had taken from the man He built up and made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 Then Adam said, This [creature] is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of a man.
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall become united and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:21-24 AMPC).
Why was Eve built from Adam’s rib and what has this to do with Easter?
Firstly, I’d like to point out that blood is made in the bone marrow, a process termed haemopoiesis. In children, this takes place in the long bones, like the thighbone (femur) but in adults, it’s mostly in the spine (vertebrae) and hips, ribs, skull and breastbone (sternum).
Secondly, Adam recognised the building of Eve from his own flesh and blood as an act of communion, the act of sharing, or holding in common, participation, a common union.
Thirdly, Jesus’ side was pierced after His death and water and blood issued out (John 19:33-34). The disciple John was so impassioned about this fact that he affirmed its truth three times: (1) “He who has seen has borne witness” (2) “and his witness is true” (3) “and he knows that he is telling the truth…” (John 19:35). Bear in mind that John told us that he penned his whole gospel so that we would believe (John 20:31).
Fourthly, the bride of Christ was formed when Jesus’ side was pierced making us “members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones” (Eph. 5:30 NKJV). Interestingly, Paul was thinking of Adam’s wounding to create Eve for he then went on to quote from that context, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Eph. 5:31-32) NKJV).
The action wherein Jesus’ side was wounded enabled His bride to be formed and brought into perfect communion with the blood and the flesh of Jesus. The water and the blood coming from Jesus united His bride to Him in spirit, body and soul.
“6 This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one" (I John 5:6-8 NKJV).
The conclusion, then, is that if we really are now in perfect communion with Jesus, our spirits are perfect as His is, our souls are meant to be pure, as His is and our bodies are meant to be free of sickness as His is.