September 24, 2023 | Doug Sauder
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Have you ever considered how remarkable roads are when it comes to connecting things? Consider U.S. Route 1, which connects the Florida Keys with the northern woods of Maine. For 2,369 continuous miles, it links some of the most diverse places and people imaginable. You can experience a lot of the states (14 of them, as well as D.C.) from different angles—and you can do it all from the same road.
There’s another road that’s even more remarkable, because it spans an even greater distance and connects what would seem to be utterly un-connectable: humanity and God. It’s called “The Romans Road,” which is a series of Scriptures in Romans that paves a pathway from our broken lives to the presence of God.
These scriptures are . . .
Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:10: “There is no one righteous, not even one.”
Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 10:9: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 5:1: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As you begin your study today, read through these passages and take some time to reflect on the overall picture they paint when taken all together.
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”—Titus 3:3–7 (NIV)
Write out the gospel story in your own words this week and share it with someone!
Jesus, thank You for Your gospel! Thank You for rescuing and redeeming me! I repent for all the moments I live ashamed or embarrassed by my faith or Your Word. I am sorry for succumbing to the pressure of the world at times, but I don’t want it to be so easy anymore. Help me to walk in faith and live unashamed. Remind me of the power of Your gospel daily. I love you, Jesus! Amen.
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Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.