One of the most difficult realities of life is that once something is said or done, that action cannot be undone. It happened, no matter how much we might end up regretting it afterwards. Sure, we can do things to try to fix what we did or said if it warrants that we try to do so. But we can’t actually undo the action. Once it has been done, we can’t go back in time to change it or undo what was done to make it as though it didn’t happen.
It can quickly become overwhelming when more and more of these actions happen, and we have to learn to live with the consequences of them in our life. Whether we did them or they were done to us doesn’t even really matter in all truthfulness, because either way we have to learn to live with the consequences of the actions done. And the more they pile up on us, the heavier they become and the more we feel crushed underneath the weight of it all. It can be very overwhelming, and it can make us feel stuck or trapped by all of it.
We wish we could undo things that have been done so we don’t have to live with the consequences of them, but we can’t.
We can’t, but Jesus did. He has undone what we’ve done.
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. – Romans 5:17-19
“One man’s trespass”…that’s speaking of Adam. Adam, the one who lived in a place of perfection and had full reign of all God’s creation minus one tree, and he and his wife Eve decided that was the tree they wanted to eat fruit from. Because of their sin, we are all sinners living in a sinful world. Yet, just like it took one sinful act to ruin everything, one righteous act can lead to putting things back as they were meant to be: us in a relationship with God. Jesus’ death on the cross is that one act; the act that can make undone what Adam did. Our sin can be erased, we don’t have to forever deal with the consequences of sin, and we can get back to a right relationship with the creator of this universe who desires a relationship with us. Undone!
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. – Philippians 2:5-8
“Did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped”…the exact opposite of the temptation that lured Adam and Eve to the tree. Satan told them they would be like God if they ate the fruit from the tree, and they ate because they wanted to be like God. They counted equality with God a thing to be grasped, and it led to their sin and the sin of all mankind. Jesus did the exact opposite when he left heaven and came to earth to die for our sin. He made undone the very act of Adam and Eve that led to sin being in this world. And in doing so, he made it possible for us to have a relationship with God again, as well as have our sins forgiven completely and forever. Undone!
The weight of living under sin is overwhelming, and it can quickly bury us and trap us. God’s grace and mercy shown through the act of Jesus making undone what we have done gets us out from being buried and trapped. It frees us! Yes, we will still struggle with sin, as well as real life consequences of that sin…both our own as well as the sin of others. But we don’t have to let it overwhelm us. Rather, we can embrace and live in the freedom that Jesus offers us.
We have been offered complete and full forgiveness and redemption, all because of Jesus making undone what sin has done. The question we must ask ourselves is this…do we want to live in freedom, or do we want to be overwhelmed and weighed down? Forgiveness and redemption are waiting for us to grab a hold of and embrace, we just have to make the choice to do it.
May we accept all that Jesus has undone on our behalf, and may we live in the freedom that comes from forgiveness and redemption.