Updated: Nov 2, 2020
“Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people” (Romans 5:18 NIV).
When I was just a child, we would visit my grandparents at least once a year. They lived in a small town in Northwest Oklahoma where the train used to stop. By this time though the trains never stopped anymore. Cars had replaced train travel and only freight trains would pass through this small town. My cousins and I were free to roam the entire town, because it was so small our parents felt safe to let us run free. We would often go down to the train tracks when we knew a train was coming. The sound of such a massive beast as a freight train was deafening. We often brought pennies and would lay them on the tracks and let the train smash them. See, in the real world something as small and insignificant as a penny in the way of a massive train will never derail or alter the train’s course.
The problem is that this postulate (premise) is not necessarily true, at least not when God has anything to say about it. Remember what Jesus says about the mustard seed and faith? As we sit in isolation in the 9th month of the coronavirus worldwide pandemic, I think that the smallest of things like a virus can have the hugest of impacts. Maybe this is what humanity is supposed to learn in 2020. A virus that cannot even be seen without the aid of a microscope has affected the whole world. Maybe this is the real world that God is drawing our attention to.
By one act of disobedience the whole of the world was broken, infected by the virus of sin. One small insignificant act thousands of years ago has infected the whole of creation with death and destruction—an eternal death. But just like the coronavirus, a vaccine, another small and seemingly invisible thing, will come just as Jesus did to cure all who will accept it. We read in this passage, “so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.” Good News indeed and don’t we all need good news now? Don’t we all need the cure now?
A small little penny may not upset a massive freight train, but God uses what seems like small illogical things to derail the whole world. So, because we know from the broken world that just as one man, Adam, brought sin and destruction into the world, maybe we should pay attention to the One, Jesus, who brings the cure!
Can you see the good news in the small seemingly insignificant things of God?
Can you see the enormity of Jesus and His life, death, and resurrection as the cure for a broken world?
Can you see the real world is not as we know it—but as God sees it?
What course do you think God might be derailing you from?