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Second Thursday

LISTEN

READ
Romans 5:12-19

CONTEMPLATE
Welcome to Lent meditation and worship with Westside church. During this Lenten season, meet us here each day as we read scripture, worship and rest in the presence of God together. Know that as you listen today, you are doing so with others whether in the same space as you or not, and we pray that the Holy Spirit permeates the places we each find ourselves in right now. 

Let us start today by clearing our minds and opening our hearts and minds to what the Lord wants to speak to us through His word today. Take a deep breath in and out. And another in and out.

Romans 5:12-19

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. 14 Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come.15 But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. 16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. 17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

Earlier this week we read the account of when sin and death entered the world through Adam and Eve. For Paul, Adam is a mirror of Jesus. Through one man, death entered the world and through another man, death was defeated.

In the  Garden of Eden life was perfect. We will never get a better example of what an unobstructed life with God looks like than these moments in Genesis. Everything was great, Adam and Eve had everything they could ever need and more than that, they had perfect unity with God himself. But then Adam was disobedient and chose himself. Chose the path that would make him “just like God” as the serpent said. And through that, generation after generation has known death to be the reality of this life.

However, and this is a huge, giant however, there was one man that in his obedience to God, brought grace, forgiveness, life and the hope of living in the presence of God once again. In all the ways that Adam had failed, Jesus was victorious. Paul tells us no less than 6 times in these short verses that, yes, sin, condemnation and separation from God are a reality, but even greater is the wonderful grace and gift of forgiveness. You will sin, however, God gives his gift of righteousness through Jesus. Verse 19 sums it all up so beautifully, “Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous”.

PRAY
God of mercy,
your word was the sure defense of Jesus in his time of testing.
Minister to us in the wilderness of our temptation,
that we who have been set free from sin by Christ
may serve you well into life everlasting. Amen

WRITE and DISCUSS

  1. What does being made righteous mean for you?
  2. How does it make feel or think knowing that you are made righteous and that you are no longer a sinner?
  3. Compare and contrast Adam and Jesus in light of these verses and Paul’s take on them being a ‘mirror’ of one another.