Updated: Jul 13
Welcome friends to another week. While reading my Bible this morning, this thought occurred to me: nothing happens without God's foreknowledge, nor does anything happen by happenstance. As we go about our daily lives, we often do not have time or take time to think about these things. Life has become full of schedules, duties, and meetings. More times than not, by the time we crawl into bed, the day is done.
Romans 5: 12 is the verse that began my thinking about God's grace. It reads: Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
Had Jesus not come into the world as a baby, grown-up, and died on the cross, our destination would be Hell without mercy. God knew sin was going to destroy all mankind. There is only one way to salvation. It is not through the world's religions. In other words, Buddha, Mary, nor the man down the street can save any of us. The World English Translation reads this in Romans 5:15, But the free gift isn't like the trespass. For if by the trespass (sin) of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.
The same verse in the American Standard Version reads: But not as the trespass, so also is the free gift. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound (given) unto the many.
We are so blessed to know Christ died for our sins, past, present, and future. It always amazes me to think about his sacrifice and death. I know I could not have withstood the pain. He had been up all night without food, water, or rest. His time on the cross was worse. The Roman government did not care when it came to killing anyone. Romans were some of the cruelest humans in the world. To die by their hands were excruciatingly long and agonizing deaths, not describing their cruel punishments. During this time of the year, people do not think about Christ's death. However, his death is an event we should think about year-round, as it is the only event that saves us from Hell.
Actor Jim Caviezel summarized his personal experience as a Christian and portraying Jesus' death spoke these words on March 26, 2017:
His testimony and this movie are so powerful. I cry every time I see it. I am a wretched sinner; however, Jesus does not see this. He sees a person washed in his blood. Would you please email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments?
God bless you,