Verse: Romans 3: 21-25
But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 25 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.
So hopefully you read yesterday’s devotion on Romans 3:19-20 where Paul emphasizes that we all sin. We can try as hard as we possibly can and we still cannot make ourselves perfect in the eyes of God. As Becca said yesterday, these next verses provide the good news. We can regain our right relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
This is wonderful news. We do not have to achieve perfection on our own. We cannot strive enough to get there anyway. Even better news is that this is for all who believe. It is not just for the Jewish people but for everyone who believes in Jesus. All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. Grace means that this was given to us even though we don’t deserve it. We didn’t earn it. We were in sin when Jesus died for all people. It was given to us freely without requiring payment or obligation. We receive it when we believe in Jesus and what he did for us.
God presented Jesus as a sacrifice for atonement, payment for all the sins past, present and future for everyone. A big bill paid for by the death of God’s son, who was sinless. That was the only way that a debt like this could be paid. He did this to demonstrate his justice. He had covered up sin with the requirement of sacrifices of animals which was only a temporary covering, or an IOU. It was redeemed in full at the cross.
I hope that you spend some time today thinking about what Jesus did for you, your family, and for all of us. Let that sink into your soul. Then spend some more time praising him for this wonderful free gift.
Thank you, God, for giving your son for us and our sins. We praise you every day for this amazing, undeserved gift. We begin to see how much you love us. Help us to live a life loving you and being more like Jesus.
Author: Brad Dunn