Updated: Nov 12, 2020
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned —To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where 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 is a pattern of the one to come” (Romans 5:12-14 NIV).
From the time I was really young, any time I wanted to go do something dumb with my friends mom would pull out the old tired but true, “if all your friends jumped off a cliff would you?” Now as adults the logic behind this makes sense, but as an adolescent who just wanted to go bike riding with friends it always seemed like mom had a cold bucket of water to douse any fun we wanted to have.
The reality of this is that we are all just that stupid. We live in a broken world and its brokenness has twisted and warped us in a way that we all sin. We all line up and take the plunge head first over that preverbal cliff of sin. Through one Adam sin came into the world and because of this we all sin. Whether or not there is a law, or rule, or even a mom around to point out just how stupid sin is. Sin was here long before the law and long before mom. Although nothing was here to point out sins distraction and stupidity, death still reigned as a result.
Praise God that we no longer have this inability to turn back from the cliff of sin! At the end of these passages it tells us that Adam is a pattern of one to come. Jesus Christ comes and breaks the hold of the tyrant's death and sin over us and sets us free to choose. To choose to follow Christ or to stay doomed as one of Adam’s race standing at the cliff. To choose eternal life or death. Christ the “one to come,” made a way for us over the proverbial cliff of sin to a life abundant and eternal.
What do you choose?
No. Really are you standing at the cliff ready to sin, or are you truly crying out to Jesus for his grace and transformation?