When God created heaven and earth, it was perfect. There was no sin, no strife, no hatred, no jealousy, and no fear. Just sheer perfection. Hard to imagine, isn’t it?
Then Adam and Eve sinned. This is known as original sin, or the fall of man. Sin changed the destiny of all humanity. Suddenly man’s perfect and whole relationship with God took on separation and brokenness.
So, What Is Sin?
When we miss the mark, we have sinned. This definition may seem a little open-ended, but the mark, in this case, is a standard of perfection established by God and evidenced by Jesus’ life here on earth.
Sin, no matter how small, is still sin in God’s eyes. Sin is a call to action – a call to repentance.
Have I Ever Sinned?
The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
This means that everyone ever created by God has sinned. We have all missed the mark and need forgiveness.
So What Is The Solution? Can I Ever Be Free From My Sin?
Yes! This is the Good News of the Gospel (Bible). Because God loves, He created a solution or way out for us: the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, on a cross as full payment for our sins.
Why Did Jesus Have to Die Such A Horrible Death?
This is a hard question. People have grappled with it forever. A cruel death in Roman times seems so harsh for a perfect, sinless deity. But Jesus, sinless and perfect, willingly took on death because His father, God, set this (death on a cross) as the criteria to erase man’s sins. Jesus can forgive us because He died and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
What Happens to Our Sins When We Acknowledge Them?
Something amazing happens! 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
And Then What?
When we confess our sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, something wonderful happens inside of us. Not a physical thing, but a spiritual thing: a process begins, and for the first time in our lives, we start to experience and understand God’s peace. Our sins are forgiven, and this brings restoration, or rightness, to our relationship with God. We can’t help but love the Lord Jesus who died for us on the cross.
Do You Want To Be Saved From Your Sins?
It’s a simple, but necessary, question. We have all sinned, and our sins separate us from God. This separation can last forever if we don’t confess our sins and recognize our need for a Savior, Jesus.
If you believe in your heart that God died to take away your sins and that you want to live a life free from guilt, tell Him. Then thank Him for His love and care for you.
What is your response?
Yes, I want to know Jesus today
A Prayer to Express Your Faith and Belief in God
“Father, I admit I have missed the mark of Your perfection and have been living a sinful life. I am sorry, and I want to turn away from my past life. I want to fully know and experience life as Your child and follower.
Please forgive me and show me how to live a life that honors You. I ask You to come into my life and rule my heart. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”