Romans 3: For All
It is remarkable to think about what Jesus did in relation to the size of the penalty that He paid for all of humanity. In Romans 3, we learn that we are not going to be justified by the law; we are going to be justified through the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Rom 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
Rom 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
This clearly relates back to John 3:16. We have all fallen short, but through believing in Jesus Christ, we will not perish but have eternal life.
It is not as if Jesus Christ only had to bear the burden of sin for the 1% who were really terrible. It is not as if Jesus Christ only had to bear the burden of sin for 50% of the population because the other half pretty much had their lives in order and could earn their way in on their own. If anyone was going to be saved, it was going to be the direct result of the work of Jesus Christ.
I don’t know about you, but that makes me think about every little thing much more carefully. Hypothetically, Adam and Eve could have been the only people ever to sin. The world would still be broken. You or I could be the only person ever to sin, but the world would still be broken by that rebellion. Clearly, these are entirely hypothetical because the evidence is contrary to both of them, but the radical love of Jesus is what stands out to me. Jesus bore the penalty for every individual sin committed by every individual person through all time. What a gift to say the least.