We’ve all been shot
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one” – Romans 3:10
10 As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous– not even one.
11 No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God.
12 All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”
Black Hawk Down is a 2001 war film produced and directed by Ridley Scott. It is based on the 1999 book of the same name written by Mark Bowden. The movie won two Academy Awards for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing in 2002. In 1993, 160 elite U.S. soldiers made up of Delta Force, Army Rangers, and Special Operations Aviation Regiment dropped into Somalia. Their goal was to capture two top lieutenants of a warlord Mohamed Farah Aidid.
Led by Major General William F. Garrison, the raid is intended to be fast and take no more than half an hour. The extraction by the Delta team was successful, but remaining forces were soon are involved with in a life or death battle with heavily-armed Somali militia. Using RPGs, they shot down two Black Hawk helicopters, and the resulting rescue extended the mission to over 18 hours.
Tom Sizemore plays a colonel. His objective is to get a convoy of trucks out of the battle zone. Regrettably, the trucks were under siege by the enemy. The American forces suffered numerous wounds and many deaths. The driver of the lead truck had been killed. Sizemore pulled the body out. He then gives orders to a sergeant to drive the truck out of the killing zone.
The sergeant responded that he had been shot. To which Sizemore replied, “We’ve all been shot! Now drive the truck.”
As fallen people, “We’ve all been shot.” That is, we are all born sinners and alienated from the Father. We are dreadfully needy. The Father out of love and kindness, offers us His grace and mercy.
REFLECT & PRAY
What person has escaped, untainted by human sin? The answer is bleak and all-inclusive, no one! The only exception was the virgin born Lord Jesus Christ.
Father I am so aware of falling short. It is as though my sin is always before me. Thank you that You have declared me righteous.
How did the Father resolve this dreadful, overwhelming set of circumstances? Fallen humanity, have all been shot? One of the more familiar verses of Scripture answers that question.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
The apostle Paul expands the idea. He categorically states that, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Then he adds the magnificent and awesome truth that flows directly from the Father’s heart. Each of the Father’s children is given a marvelous gift. Every single one of them has been justified as a free gift of His grace. Because of the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross dying for our sins, all who believe in Him are redeemed and reconciled the Father. – Romans 3:24
21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction.
23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.
What is the righteousness of God? The righteousness of God in Greek is simply two words dikaiosyne theou. Dikaiosyne theou connotes right standing before God. To possess the righteousness of God means that the Father has granted a legal verdict in favor of each of His children. Every one of the Father’s children has been justified! What does that mean?
Justified in the Greek is dikaioo. Dikaioo is a legal term and indicates that to be declared to be righteous by the Father. We are truly guilty and unrighteous before we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. But because of His death on the cross, we are redeemed and justified. We are declared righteous, just as He is righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).
A similar concept is found in modern culture in the form of a judicial pardon. An individual is found guilty of a crime according to the law and sentenced. But before they finished serving their time, they are pardoned. Their sentence rescinded, and they are freed from the consequences of their crime.
Adam and Eve committed the original crime of disobeying the Father and choosing to sin. Consequently, all of their descendants are born in sin. It is as though sinfulness is part of our human DNA.
When the Father justifies us, it is though He replicates our DNA, by replacing the old strand with two new strands free from sin.
We are once and for all forgiven, exonerated, and our guilt is forever expunged (Colossians 2:13).
Indeed, we are all shot. But now through the Lord Jesus Christ, we have been totally healed and restored.