A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Much-More-Ness of the Gospel
For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Rom. 5:15-17
Most holy and gracious Father, as I meditate through this portion of your Word today, my heart is filled with praise for the hyper-abundance of grace which you’ve given us in your Son, Jesus. Our “found-ness” in Christ is a gazillion times greater in degree than our “lost-ness” in sin. You are immeasurably, irrepressibly generous with us in the gospel, and we shout a grateful, Hallelujah!
Through the failure of the first Adam, we were born spiritually dead—willing subjects, coconspirators, members in good standing in the reign of sin and death. But now, through the work of the second Adam, Jesus, we’ve been made alive, and now live as objects of your affection and delight. You rescued us from the kingdom of darkness, and planted us squarely and securely in the kingdom of the Son of your love.
As dead as we were in our sins and trespasses, we are much, much more alive in Jesus’ forgiveness and righteousness. As distant and disconnected as we were from you because of Adam’s sin and our own sin, we are much, much more at peace and intimate with you through Jesus’ perfect work. As narcissistic and navel-gazing as we were through our connection to the first Adam, we are becoming much, much more other-centered, loving, and caring through our union with Christ.
Father, you didn’t spare your own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will you not also, along with Jesus, graciously give us all things? You’ve justified us, and there is now no condemnation or guilt, fear of dying or living. Nothing will ever separate us from your love! (Rom. 8:31-35)
Indeed, as grave and great as our condition was through sin and death, the “much-more-ness” of the gospel has trumped it beyond our wildest calculations and dreams! So very Amen we pray, with astonishment, wonder, and gratitude, in Jesus’ loving name.