Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s Reading: Romans 5:12-19

“Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.” – Romans 5:18

Adam trespassed against the Lord’s command, “You shall not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” It is the father of all trespasses. No other command was given until Moses and yet sin and death spread like a cancer to all people. One trespass. Many deaths.

But the free gift is not like the trespass. Our Creator Father freely gave the gift of His Son Jesus Christ for all mankind but especially to the guilty, the shamed, and the condemned children of Adam. He is a gift for you. Jesus carries your condemnation to the cross. One crucifixion. Many resurrections.

No more condemnation for those baptized into Christ’s death.  Holy Baptism is the Lord’s one act that gives you Jesus not once but daily. You may now daily drown Adam’s original trespass in Jesus along with all your sins and evil desires. You may now rise daily a new man in Jesus. You may even now live before your Creator Father in righteousness and purity. One crucifixion. Many resurrections.

No more condemnation for those in Jesus. Even now you may look forward to a day when you will die to all death. Even now you may look forward to a Last Day when Jesus will bodily raise you from the dead never to suffer or die again. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen. 

Prayer: Christ, the life of all the living. Christ, the death of death our foe. Who, Thyself for me once giving to the darkest depths of woe. Through Thy sufferings, death, and merit I eternal life inherit. Thousand, thousand thanks shall be, dearest Jesus, unto Thee (Christ the Life of All the Living, LSB 420:1).    

This devotion was written by Rev. Jeffrey Pautz – Pastor at Our Savior Lutheran – Muscatine, IA.

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