Most will admit that all are sinners – , that no one is perfect. But the problem that often arises in sharing this news is that many men do not see it as a great problem that they are sinners. But as our sins, Paul tells us, merit the “wages” of death, we see that sin is much more serious than most realize.
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…Romans 3:9-10 (KJV)
Paul is driving home the point in Romans 3 that none of us can even approximate the perfection and holiness of God. So how do we get there? How do we escape the stranglehold of sin? God’s answer is Jesus! I believe that must be our answer, too!
Jesus came to ransom us from sin (Mark 10:45), paying the price for our sin even while we were sinners (Romans 5:6-11). We couldn’t earn our way to God by our goodness, so Jesus became our bridge back to God. The glorious truth is this:
God made Him [Jesus] Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.2 Corinthians 5:21
And we pray:
Holy and Righteous God, I acknowledge before You the sinfulness in my life. Yet by faith, I trust in what Jesus did for me through His death, burial, and resurrection to bring me life and make me holy in Your sight. Please bless and empower me to live as Your victorious child because of such amazing grace. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.