Weekly Devotional | June 28, 2018


Leroy Richardson
Rev. Leroy Richardson


My brother Adam, gifted, charismatic, talented,  and very intelligent, led me into many childhood experiences – good and bad.  Growing up, Adam was older by 21 months. As the younger, I mimicked Adam; he made A’s in school, A’s became my goal.  When seven, Adam voiced a tune, “See that house on top of the hill, that’s where me and my baby gonna live.” Yes, it became my tune too.  I followed Adam anywhere; many times into trouble.

Another Adam, found in the Bible, (Genesis chapters two and three), led me into trouble. Obedience to a simple command by God, “Don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”(Gen. 2:16-17 paraphrased), kept earthly paradise in tact.  Sure enough, Adam followed the lead of his wife, Eve – ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and brought promised consequences.

This act (disobedience to the creator) brought sin into a world of peace and harmony.  A place of no pain shifts into suffering; no sickness develops into disease; no death converts to dying; a place of blessing turns into a curse.(Gen. 3:17)

Who was to blame for transforming the world into a war zone?  You guessed it, Adam-the first man. Adam made me a sinner. Through his disobedience, sin entered the world.

But the good news is, the last Adam, Jesus Christ, made me a saint.  “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (I Cor. 15:21-22 KJV).  By the faith of Christ Jesus to obey His Father, even to the death of the cross, made life eternally available to all who believe in Him.

Adam made me a sinner, but Jesus Christ made me a saint.  I believe, do you?




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