Reading: Romans 5: 12-19
In today’s reading, we have the first Adam and the second Adam, Jesus Christ. In both Adam and Christ we are all connected together. By all, I mean all people – not just Christians. The choices that Adam and Jesus made affects all people, not just believers.
Adam chose to sin and through that sin death entered the world. In this one act of disobedience, Adam brought death to humanity. We will all one day die as a part of this earthly existence. Whether or not you believe in God or in Jesus, one day death will come. Death comes not just to our human bodies. Sin also brings death to our relationships, to our dreams, to our connection to God. All of humanity shares in these realities. Adam’s choice brought sin into the world. In turn, sin brings condemnation and death.
Christ made a different choice. Christ’s choice was also made by one man, but in obedience to God. Through Christ’s decision, true life entered the world. It is not the earthly life we now experience but the glimpse of eternal life that all who call on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will one day experience. Verse nineteen reads, “Through the obedience of the one man many will be made righteous”. Jesus, in His obedience, paid the price of our sin and instead of condemnation, God now offers us justification. Through the body and blood of Jesus, we can be made whole again, righteous in God’s sight, because Jesus washes away our sins.
Just as Adam’s choice affected all of humanity, so too does Christ’s choice. We also know from Romans that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ. We know from all four Gospels that Jesus always operated from the place of love. Jesus’ love was extended to all people – to tax collectors, to prostitutes, to Pharisees, to lepers, to any and all who came to Him. In the same way, Jesus offers eternal life to us all. To me, a sinner. To you, a sinner. To all. It is a free gift, generously given to one and to all. Thank you Lord Jesus for this amazing love.