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But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
What Gift Should I Get for…?
With our calendars now topped with the month “December” the crunch is on to get everything ready for Christmas. Most important is probably a list of names for whom you would like to buy gifts…the challenge? What do you get for them? Toys? Clothes? Power tools? Electronics? Combining your budget with a gift that will be appreciated and used by the recipient can often be a challenge.
Before you stress out or think to hard, let me encourage you to reflect on a couple truths of Scripture. Recall yesterday’s devotion on Romans 5:12-14…the person of influence, Adam, who brought sin and condemnation of death to the world. Yes, you and every person on your Christmas list are in the same condition…sinners who are unable to get right with God on their own and as a result deserve, “condemnation for all men.”
So while individuals may have things they want for Christmas, the one thing we all need is a solution for sin. Instead of power tools, electronics or clothes, God gives the Gift we all needed: his Son Jesus Christ.
Therefore, “…how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!”
Unwrapping a gift is an exciting thing…but then when you realize what it really can do, the excitement builds. The story of Jesus’ birth is probably familiar to many, but do you really know and appreciate the Gift that’s “wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger”? Romans 5:15-19 unwraps God’s gift to help us realize this “gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.” The perfect life of Jesus was the “right”ness that we all desperately needed. As a result we are justified, declared not guilty. This wonderful Gift brings forgiveness instead of condemnation. This Gift of God brings life, instead of death.
Have fun shopping for Christmas gifts, but know that the Baby Jesus wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in the manger is the Gift we all need and the best gift you can share this Christmas!
Thank you, LORD, for giving me the greatest Gift I could ever have, your Son Jesus Christ. In him I know I am forgiven and by your grace will have eternal life, not condemnation. Use me this December to share your Gift with many others. Amen.
For previous devotions in this series on the book of Romans, go here.
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