I remember back to a time when I was a child playing sports, specifically during adolescent and high school aged teams for whom I played. As kids tend to do, guys on the team from time to time would break the rules, or would not give 100% in practice, or whatever the case may be. Not following coach’s orders, or not giving it your all at all times in sports is the basically sports sin. I can always remember coaches saying “We win as a team, we lose as a team, we are disciplined as a team.” I was always a quiet, easy going, rule follower. I really didn’t like the concept of one person or a small group of people resulted in the entire team being disciplined.
In the same way, we all, like it or not, were at once condemned through the Law because of sin, which didn’t enter the world until one man messed it up for the rest of us. So as a result, we all laid victim to God’s judgment of our sin in our lives.
But then God had a change of heart, and sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to reconcile us with Him. I think the last three verses sum it up what became of humanity due to Adam’s sin, and what has since transpired because of God’s grace. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Praise God for this great gift of grace, love, and mercy on all of us sinners. May we never forget the price paid in blood by Christ for our reconciliation.