Romans 5:18-19 “Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.” ESV
My wife and I stayed at this little bed and breakfast in Oban, Scotland. I was getting a bit bored, so I said to Amy, “Let’s hike up that little mountain right there and catch a view.”
We drove the car, parked, and she said to me, “Aaron, there’s a fence here.” “Don’t worry about it. This is God’s creation! The mountains are for everybody.” So we started hiking up the mountain after my wife apprehensively agreed to cross the fence.
I’m probably the only guy that praises God for the insidious weed called Scottish-gorse that ended up stopping us from trekking any further. We got back, and the B&B owner said, “Glad to see you. I guess there were some dumb Yankees hiking up farmer so-and-so’s mountain. They’re sure lucky he didn’t shoot them.”
My trespassing could have gotten myself and my bride shot. Adam’s trespassing caused all of us to be born into condemnation. But the righteousness of Jesus bought us a new birth into a royalty, made us a new creation, and gave us complete and total freedom.
I know if that B&B guy cross-examined me, I’d be guilty. But what gets me is that in God’s economy, that all changes when Jesus shows up. In the Old Testament, a prostitute, traitor, or goodie-two-shoes could come to a priest on the Day of Atonement and bring the proper sacrifice for their trespasses. The priest would not cross-examine the person guilty of sin; instead, they would be critical of the perfection of the sacrifice. Jesus is our perfect lamb so God is able to forgive us of all our trespasses.
Aaron F. Jeffers, a freelance writer, pastor, chaplain, and speaker, currently works with hurting children in residential facilities. If you or your group or church would like to book Aaron for a conference or speaking engagement, contact him at www.freetoliveministries.org/.