Scripture: Romans 5:12-21
Observation: Paul shares the story of Adam and how sin entered the world through Adam. (To read more about Adam, the first man that God created, check out Genesis, the very first book of the Bible.) He tells us that Adam’s sin brought death, and death spread to everyone because everyone was affected by sin. In contrast, Christ Jesus brought the gift of forgiveness and grace to the world through salvation. God’s grace covers all of our sin.
Application: I love the song “Amazing Grace.” Many of us know it -- we grew up singing it with our grandparents in church, belting it out in kid’s choir, or watching the president sing it while leading the nation through a difficult time. My most distinct memory is hearing it at my great-grandmother’s funeral and watching everyone around me cry as they said goodbye. I was young and remember feeling sad that other people were sad, but the moment wasn’t mine: it somehow belonged to everyone else around me, and I just got to witness it.
In many ways, my history with “Amazing Grace” is much like that: the words were always etched into my mind, but the truth in them always belonged to other people and I just got to sing along. I knew the words by heart, but they never became real in my heart until that night I put my faith fully in Jesus. Then, all of the sudden, these words became the anthem of my soul.
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I am found
Was blind but now I see”
How sweet grace was the moment I stopped trying to do life on my own and started to do life with Jesus as leader and Lord.
I was a wretch – unworthy, wondering, incomplete.
I was so lost, searching in places for validation, fulfillment, and peace in places that only caused doubt, questions, and insecurities.
I was so blind. I had heard about Jesus all of my life, but I never knew him. In that moment, I could sense him. He became real.
When I read today’s passage, that’s the only thing I can think of -- “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.” Because of original sin, we are born bound to sin. We are born broken and incomplete. We are born battling desires and temptations of our flesh, all of the things the world tries to entice us with. When we try to overcome all of that brokenness on our own, we fail every time.
That’s where Jesus comes in. Because although sin was stronger, Jesus is stronger.
“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.”
What sin are you battling in your life today? What struggle is holding you down or holding you back? What temptation is causing you to hide? What is just too much for you to handle on your own in this moment? Give it to God. When you put your faith in Jesus, you will live in triumph over sin and death.
Your sin will not define you. Your struggle will not destroy you. Your insecurities will not defeat you. As my friend Brad said, Jesus’s perfection cures our infection. (If you want to check out an incredible message on these verses, watch this message.)
We all mess up. That’s why God’s grace, his wonderful and perfect gift from Jesus Christ our Savior, is so incredible. It will cover us. And we can move forward confidently knowing that Jesus can overcome all.
And through him, so can we.
Prayer: God, I need your grace today. I thank you for that amazing gift, for how your grace covers all of my sins, struggles, and imperfections. I pray I wouldn’t live a life full of sin, but that I could fully embrace your free gift of salvation through your son Jesus. Cover me today, Jesus.