The Free Gift of Jesus Christ

After Adam's rejection of God's will, mankind found itself in a desperate situation. Adam's sin represents the rejection by all humanity of the selfless and loving way of life that God desires for his creation. While God wants his creation to live in care for the other person, we prefer all too often to lead lives that are dominated by egotistical self-preservation and pride.

By rejecting God's will, mankind separated itself from the divine and eternal life that God had planned for his creation. "Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned," (Rom. 5:12).

God does not abandon his creation in this fallen condition of sin and death. God loves each human being; our rejection of him does not change his abundant care and compassion for us. Because of God's great love for us, he will not remain separate from us. Instead, he re-unites our humanity and his divinity in the divine person of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God himself comes to be with his creation, and invites his creation to come and be with him.

God's gift to us is the undoing of the ancient curse of sin and death. Jesus Christ calls forth all those who were held in death, resurrecting with them to eternal life and ascending with them to the divine life with the Father. Now, through the gift of Jesus Christ, our human life is no longer separated from the divine and eternal life that God has always desired for us. "If many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many," (Rom. 5:15).

As human beings who have been reunited with God's life through the gift of Jesus Christ, we are no longer bound by sin and death. It is up to us now to make the free decision to accept the selfless and loving way of life that God has desired for us from the beginning. No one else can make that decision for us. And it is a decision that we are able to make. As renewed human beings, we do not have to reject God any longer. We can choose to repent, to return to the way of life that God has planned for us.

When we make the decision to realign our lives with God's will, then we accept the gift that Jesus Christ offers us. Then our human life enters into his divine and eternal life. Then we will "reign in life" with Jesus Christ, as St. Paul tells us: "those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ," (Rom. 5:17).

Let us turn towards the new way of life to which Jesus Christ calls us, so that our life can be reunited with God's life, and we can "reign in life" with him.