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 Heavenly Father,
We all have been born in Adam’s likeness; we were born in sin. David tells us this as well in sin did my mother conceive me. Because of sin, we are under the condemnation of death—the wages of sin is death. We may walk this earth and put on a grand façade on the exterior, a mask of innocence for the world, but even our thoughts convict us. When I take a serious look at myself (apart from you), I realize there is nothing good in me. My sinful self chases after whatever makes me feel good. But we have to thank you, Father, because we are not on our own. You sent your Son, who was sentenced to death for living his life entirely without sin. And just as Adam’s sin condemns us, Jesus’ righteousness saves us. We have been declared not guilty because of Jesus’ holy life and innocent death. Jesus has restored us to your good favor; we are right with you through faith. The simple act of believing that Jesus has forgiven all our sins delivers the same gift of forgiveness. All our sins and guilt are removed for Jesus’ sake. Lord, please give me opportunities to tell others about your love for them. Also, strengthen my faith to have the courage to share this good news with them. Amen.
Pastor Roger Emmons
While we are all sinners, you are also a saint through faith in Christ’s love and work. Because of Jesus, you are forgiven.