T H E P O W E R O F T H E C R O S S  11 It was the cross of Jesus and his resurrection from the tomb that conquered death and gave all men victory over death—at least to all those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and who believe in the resurrection (Romans 10:9). It was the very moment that Jesus was raised from the tomb that the vic- tory over death became an accomplished fact and sin died. Jesus became sin for us, and when Jesus was nailed to the cross and died, it was sin that was nailed to the cross and perished. Paul wrote, “Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor- inthians 5:21). The above is a clear and sensible view of Romans 5:12–21, and it gives a sound reason that explains how Adam could sin and con- demn the whole world, but it also shows how Jesus immediately took that curse upon himself and paid for it in full with his death on the cross and his resurrection. It is Jesus’ cross and resurrec- tion that freed the creation and the entire human world from the bondage of sin, which is death. Romans 5:12–21 has a serious message, but that message is not difficult to understand; it says what it means. But for many, it is very difficult to accept. Here it is, Romans 5:12–21: Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned:— for until the law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the likeness of Adam’s transgression, who is a figure of him that was to come. But not as the trespass, so also is the free gift. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound unto the many. And not as through one that sinned, so is the gift: for the