Scripture reading: Romans 5:12–21
Key verse: Romans 5:18
Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Located in Washington, D.C., are one hundred U.S. senators and 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Each represents the voting constituency of his or her home state. Some representatives from small districts represent only thousands of voters, while senators from large states—such as California and New York—represent many millions. Because they are our elected state officials, their votes legally represent their constituencies. For the record, their votes are our votes.
In a way this is how identification works. Jesus was not only our substitute on the cross, dying for us, but He was also our representative. John Stott, in his book The Cross, defines a representative as “one who acts on behalf of another in such a way as to involve the other in his action … As our representative, He [Christ] did what we, by being united to Him, have also done: We have died and risen with Him.”
In His death, burial, and resurrection, Christ represented the entire human race. We are identified with Him, and we receive the merits of Christ’s work when we place our faith in Him and His redemptive labor. We are freed from the guilt and penalty of sin (died with Him) and empowered to live (risen with Him) an overcoming life.
Jesus, thank You for representing me in Your death, burial, and resurrection. I praise You that I am a beneficiary of your redemptive labor, freed from the guilt and penalty of sin and empowered to live an overcoming life.