Sept. 16, 2020, Romans 3:9-20
One thing in this current season of the pandemic, even worldwide pandemic, that has become crystal clear to me is that we are all in this together. Every person on the planet has been affected by the COVID-19 virus. Some have died. Some have suffered and recovered, some are currently recovering. Some are carriers who will never get sick themselves. Some have lost their jobs. Some have lost opportunities. And all have had to adjust the routines of life on an everyday basis.
We are all in this together. The virus is non-prejudiced, and it comes to take life from all who have it. It searches for weakness and vulnerability and aims to penetrate the protective measures of the human body.
It has wreaked havoc on all people. Everywhere.
Sin has done the same. In Romans chapter three, Paul was proclaiming the saving power of Jesus for all people everywhere - both Jew and Gentile. There was still a belief in the Jewish world that keeping the law (doing everything right) would make people right with God - that keeping the law would somehow set people free from sin.
Paul’s claim in Romans was supported through direct quoting of Psalms and Isaiah which clearly lay out the hearts of all people. All people - everywhere. No exceptions. It was never the purpose or role of the law to make people right with God. Paul’s final sentence in verse 20 states, “The law simply shows us how sinful we are.”
And it still does.
We never have to be made right with God by behaving according to the rules of God - the law. God would never do that to us as that requirement is an impossibility for all people - no exceptions.
And here is the Good News… in Romans 3:21-22.
But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
All people - everywhere...keep your eyes on Jesus.