Our scripture this morning is Romans 5:17-21.
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. Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Paul explains to us that Adam’s failure to obey God allowed sin to enter the world. He taught the same essential lesson to the Corinthians, “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22). When humans try to do it their own way, the result is separation from God.
However, God loves us too much to allow that separation to continue. Jesus tells us “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him” (John 3:17). Our salvation is assured when we repent and accept Jesus as our savior.
God wants only good for us and He wants us all back in a loving relationship with Him and each other. The only way for that to happen is through Jesus (John 14:6). By receiving the forgiveness and mercy He offers us we can be new people, and go to share His love with the world.
Heavenly Father, we are sorry for the ways we let sin enter Your creation. Bless us to be Your children, strong in faith and ready to carry the Good News to everyone. Amen.