“through one man’s offense, judgment came”
Romans 5: 18

Reading:  Romans 5

The New Testament develops the theme of ‘death because of sin’ quite extensively - and nowhere more so than in our reading for today.

In Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, he spells out his theology concerning death and life and shows how death entered the world through Adam’s sin and so how, in contrast, life entered the world through Jesus’ righteousness. Sin equals death; righteousness equals life. As he puts it in Romans 6: 23, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. 

When put like that, death is inescapable (because all have sinned, having inherited a sinful nature from their ancestor, Adam) but by no means ‘natural’; nor yet part of God’s original intention for man. It is a Divine punishment and one so heinous to God Himself that He prepares an escape for man. Yes, it is undoubtedly to death as divine punishment that the death and resurrection of Christ makes such a potent response. 


Father, the tree of life…available again for me. Remind me to eat from it every day and to remain in Christ. 

For the family

You will find the resource below a helpful guide to celebrating Easter with the family

Celebrate as a family