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July 6, 2020 Wrong Team, Right Team - Pastor Perry Windecker

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned– for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.


But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.


Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.


The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:6-21 NIV).


Reflection


When you were a child and you were picked for a team, were you the one that was picked last? That was the worst, you dreaded that, but you also dreaded being picked for the wrong team. You always wanted to be on the winning team and the one with your friends. Nevertheless, here’s the truth, the plain simple fact is, you have been picked by the wrong team. That’s right, you have been drafted for the losing team, the one that will always loose. Even worse, it is the team that will lie, cheat, and steal. That’s right, we are all on Adam’s Team. The strange thing is that we actually liked it. That is until the Law came along and showed us how bad a team it was. Now you want off of it, but you don’t know how.


Then comes Jesus and He starts up a new team. A team, not like any other team, not like Adam's team, but one full of Grace, truth, and hope. Moreover, all you have to do is to say yes to Him and you can swap teams. You don’t even have to be good, but He will take care of that too. Just say yes! But wait there is more! He wants you on His team so much that He is even willing to risk losing to get you, to risk it all, to even die to get you. That’s right, Jesus is willing to die just for you. Forget about the masses that He died for, just think for a moment that He, the God of all creation, has died just for you. So even though sin chose you in birth to Adam’s race, Jesus came out of heaven leaving all the glory of heaven to come and endure, suffer, and die for anyone that chooses to join Him. To join His team.


Think about what He did for you. How does it make you feel that the God of the universe loves you so much at He would suffer and die for you? Whom would you die for? Is that a condition based on love? Jesus died for you whether you ever accept Him or not, whether you ever love Him or not—His dying was unconditional love at its most. Love at its perfection!

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