So then, just as one trespass led to a verdict of condemnation for all people, so also one righteous verdict led to life-giving justification for all people. For just as through the disobedience of one man the many became sinners, so also through the obedience of one man the many will become righteous.
Dear Lord Jesus,
You came into this world as both true God, who has been here from before the world’s creation, and as true man, born of Mary. So that you would be able to save us miserable sinners who were condemned to eternal death. Because of Adam’s sin, we have all been born in his likeness, as David said in the Psalms, “In sin did my mother conceive me.” We all justly deserve to be punished for our sin; since your Father is a just God, he cannot let sin just slip by; while punishing some and not others. But you came to this earth as both God and man. You lived a perfect life, completely free of any sin; then, you were given a righteous verdict, death on the cross, although you were innocent. You were put to death for all our sins; on that cross that day in your innocence, you gave up your life because you took the sins of the world upon yourself. You were obedient to your purpose why you came to this world so that you would free mankind from their bondage of sin, death, and hell, giving us your righteousness in exchange. Which we receive through the hands of faith the Holy Spirit creates in us. Lord Jesus, thank you for going to the cross for us and winning back our freedom from sin. Amen.
Will we ever grasp entirely the foulness of our sins and the punishment of what they deserve? Without that, we do not entirely know the magnitude of God’s love for us because his love is far greater than all of our sins.