Responsibility or credit – it seems elusive yet desired. Teachers or parents may look at the wreckage in a room and ask, “Who did this?” A law officer may inquire at the seen of a crime or disaster, “Who did this?” The other side of this coin is that people often pursue credit for things done well or challenges accomplished successfully. When an astounding feat of daring is accomplished, an impressive building erected, or some beautiful object of art is revealed – again people are prone to ask, “Who did this?”
Saint Paul correctly identified the reality and effect of sin and God’s grace in our text. “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” Here he identifies responsibility and gives credit. Mankind is responsible for death, and God alone deserves the credit for life.
Where does this leave us? Simply put, we find ourselves at the foot of Jesus Christ’s now barren cross. We stand at the door of His now vacant tomb. We stare into a now empty sky and by God’s grace we remember and rejoice in the fact that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus’ resurrection and ascension are where we will discover the truth of God’s love for all men, women and children. St. Paul could address even the issue of mortality with confidence. He said it well: “So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.” Jesus Christ took the responsibility for our sins upon Himself, paid the penalty price for our redemption, and offers to all who will believe in Him life and salvation in heaven! He deserves the credit!
We pray: Heavenly Father, so often we stumble and fall because we do not see Your hand and perceive Your gracious will for us and all sinners. Help us always, by Your Spirit, to see, know and trust in Your Son Jesus Christ for this life and that life which is to come. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.