So here’s the bad news. The creatures God made in His own image committed cosmic treason against their Creator and the whole world was thrown into a state of ruin and death. Now every person who would ever be born would be born with a sinful, rebellious nature and after death face eternal punishment at the hands of a just and holy God.
But “Joy to the World!” There’s Romans 5:18!
“Just as the trespass of one led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.”
Jesus came for that one act of righteousness. His purpose from manger to grave was to pay the penalty for the rebellion brought into the world by that one man, Adam. Just think of the gift offered to us in the words of Romans 5:17!
“For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.”
Joy to the world indeed!
“No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.”
(After singing Joy to the World,” click to listen to Handel’s Messiah selection “Since by man came death…”)
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