Lesson for the Lord’s Day

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Romans 5:12

Why do you laugh when somebody slips on a banana peel and goes down? You know you shouldn’t laugh, but you do. And it is so embarrassing for the person who falls! We know that by experience, don’t we? Been there, done that! Falling down, whether we get hurt or not, is always an embarrassment. That is why Adam hid in the Garden of Eden after he had sinned; he had experience a great fall, and he knew it. Adam was originally created in the image of God and he was meant to stand upright, physically, morally, and spiritually. When he fell, thru sin, he made a great fool of himself. Like most people who fall, Adam tried to lift himself back up. He and his wife made aprons of fig leaves. But their feeble effort didn’t work. Adam had to admit to God that he was still naked and had to hide himself. To be properly clothed, he had to rely on God to make coats of skins for him and his wife. Adam’s experience is echoed in every one of us.

We often blame Adam for our own fall, and it is true that we inherit from him and Eve our sinful nature. But every one of us have experienced our own individual fall, because our text today declares ‘all have sinned’. Every act of disobedience – in word or thought or deed – since our birth is part of our fall. Like much of the world, our fall is a great embarrassment to us. We hid among the trees of religion, good works, self esteem, and pride, until the convicting power of the Holy Spirit convinced us that we were still naked before God. Only then did we humble ourselves to allow God to lift us up from our fall and to give us His coat of righteousness.

The coats of skin that Adam and Eve wore as they departed Eden did not keep them from dying physically, although Adam did not die until more than 900 years passed. Even so, the coat of salvation that we have received will not prevent us from dying physically. Those of us who have grown older realize the shortness of live more each day. Only the rapture will enable us to avoid the death that has passed on all men because of sin. We will die, and that is what we deserve. But we who are saved can be so thankful that the death that may claim our bodies has no claim on our souls. Our departure means we will be with Christ, which is far better (Philippians 1:23).

We have had a fall from which we could in no way lift ourselves. But God has not only raised us up, but has clothed us. Our salvation has nothing of ourselves to brag about. – Jim MacIntosh

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