For since death came by man, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.1 Corinthians 15:21 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
I love nuggets of truth hidden in plain sight. For that reason, this is one of my favorite portions of Scripture.
Death came by man. It came by one man and it spread to all men because of their own sin.
Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, so death has spread to all men, because all have sinned.Romans 5:12 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
It is also by man that came the resurrection of the dead. That is, by One Man came resurrection. He is called First Fruits. His name is Jesus.
If you read a bit further in 1 Corinthians, you will see Paul call Jesus that Last Adam. And I want you to think of that when you encounter the word man in our text above.
In other words, since death came by Adam, by Adam came also the resurrection of the dead. What Paul is saying is that Jesus Christ, being the Last Adam (or the Last Man) is the One Who fixes all that has been broken by the first man’s sin.
Jesus really is the Last Man.