All have sinned

We're all familiar with one of the most familiar New Testament verses, Romans 3:23.

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

According to Strong's Concordance, the word sinned in the verse means "eternal loss due to missing God's mark. is regularly used in ancient times of an archer missing the target."

I think we all have seen an archer miss the target. From the cartoons to the Olympics, arrows that go wayward are part of the sport. It's funny, we think that what we do piles up and can somehow reach God. Our deeds can't. We cannot get there on our own. (John 15:5).

Anyway, when I read about the archery term of missing the mark, I thought of the early rocket failures. Here is a clip from the movie The Right Stuff, a compilation of NASA clips interwoven with the actors portraying the aeronautical engineers, showing a shortened history of the most famous rocket failures.

Without Jesus, we always miss the mark.

With Jesus we will reach it. He is the sinless One!

[Stills from the 1902 classic Georges Melies silent film "A Trip To The Moon". Ten minute running time]