Romans 5:17 NLT - For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
When the first humans, Adam and Eve, sinned, everything started dying. Trees, animals, humans, relationships… everything started dying. From the moment of the first act of rebellion against God, death reigned over this world. This is the place we call home. A land that is tainted in every aspect with death. Do you realize the terrible impact of sin on all of creation?
Of course, we can never excuse our own choices to sin with Adam's original sin. Truly, we have all sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23. And the impact of our sinful choices is devastating. We hurt our own bodies, relationships, property, family, and institutions with our sin. We continue living under the reign of death when we choose to sin.
In an amazing move of mercy that far outweighed the devastation of sin, Jesus came to us. While we were yet sinners, he died for us. Romans 5:8 In the midst of our utter rebellion, God chose to be gracious. He did not give us what we deserve. His grace is far greater than anything we could imagine. For his act of judgement did not fit our crime. Instead, God's Son, Jesus, paid the penalty for our sin. This is a gift that we can receive.
Just as death entered onto the stage of this world through one man, so also, one man, Jesus Christ, provided freedom from this reign of death. Romans 5:18 This gift is offered to all. But, it will only take effect by those who receive Jesus as their Lord. This simple act of faith or trust will activate the life of Jesus in us. We do not have to be ruled by sin and death.
Take a moment to thank Jesus for his amazing, intentional move of mercy toward you. When you didn't deserve it, he paid the penalty for you. Now be sure to receive his gift, dedicating yourself to follow him as Lord.
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