Friday, April 12, 2019

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Much More!
Romans 5:12-21
Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.(Rom 5:20)

A statement I heard at an Easter service stays with me: “More has been gained in the resurrection of Jesus than was lost in the fall.” More gained than lost? Can it be true?
Each day we experience the damage caused by sin entering our world. Greed, injustice, and cruelty all trace their origins back to Adam and Eve’s decision to follow their own path rather than God’s (Gen. 3). The legacy of their disobedience is passed down to every generation. Without God’s intervention, we would be in a hopeless situation. But Jesus overpowered sin through His cross and conquered death through His resurrection.
The victory of Christ is celebrated in Romans 5, often called the “much more” chapter of the New Testament, where Paul contrasts the devastation caused by sin with the restoring power of God’s grace. In every case, grace overpowers the consequences of sin. In a grand conclusion, Paul says: “Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (5:20-21).
No matter how much we have personally lost because of sin, we have gained far more through the resurrection victory of Christ.
Lord you paid the price for my sin, help me to stay away from sin by the power of your resurrection.Amen.

The power of Christ's resurrection triumphs over all sin.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church