Jesus has been showing up for me lately. He's showing me a lot of cool things and I'm pretty pumped about it. I started rambling to myself yesterday about how cool he is, and I honestly felt like I was preaching, but there was no one to hear it. It made me realize that I can't wait to tell people about Jesus for the rest of my life.
I put a poll on Twitter, asking if I should just make a really long thread of tweets, or if I should make a blog post about it, and well, here we are. This is easier to read than the tweets. I was gonna share either way, but I think this is a more organized way to share honestly.
Now that I've told you why I'm writing, I guess I should get started.
Let's talk about Romans for a second. Romans 5:20 says, "Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more." So basically, this is saying that before there was the law, people lived sinful lives. They just lived in lawlessness. God specifically commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree. Before the law, people knew they were sinning in their conscious, but when the law was introduced it became a more willful trespass. The same way that Adam and Eve were specifically commanded, the law gives specific commands to all people.
This is where it gets good though. Because of the law, the sins were more willful, which means that when Jesus died for us, it makes his grace that much greater. Before the law, we could maybe think that Jesus is dying to save us from ourselves, and our nature that was inherited to us by Adam. But, after the law, it made sin even worse among people because they knew the law and still chose to ignore it. The grace that He gives us is even more excellence.
Chapter 6 starts with explaining the significance of baptism. It's an outward symbol of what it means to become a Christian. We go under the water to represent dying with Christ, but coming out of the water is symbolic of being raised to life in Him. We are being united with Christ in our faith and our relationship with him. In the same way that he defeated sin, we will one day be united in a resurrection that will be so sweet. The end of verse 6 and verse 7 says, "so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For the one who has died has been set free from sin." Jesus sets us free when we die daily to the sins that hold us. Verse 9 says, "death no longer has dominion over him." And then, we move to verse 14 that says, "For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law, but under grace." Because Jesus died to sin, despite being literally perfect, when we die to our own sins, we get to experience the grace that he beautifully and freely offers us. God gives us a promise of a sweet reunion with him when it all comes to an end.
When I read this, I was overwhelmed by a feeling of peace because of the grace that we have been given. It's hard to wrap my mind around the beauty of the grace that he offers to us. We are so flawed, yet he loves us, and that in and of itself is enough to make me want to praise his name to everyone.