God created man in His own image to be the centerpiece of His creation and to have a vibrant personal relationship with Him. Man was meant to know God as Father, Lord and Friend.
This intimate relationship between God and man was broken when the first human beings, Adam and Eve, sinned. In other words, man died spiritually; his spiritual connection to God was lost. Because God is completely holy, he cannot be connected to sin.
Because all human beings – regardless of race, gender, nationality, religion, etc. – come from Adam, all are born spiritually dead; all are born with a natural propensity to sin. And indeed, all human beings have sinned, either by thought, word or action.
Despite our sin, God still loves us. Yet His holiness demands justice, which means there must be punishment and a price paid for sin. Because the penalty for sin is death, the price paid for sin must be death. In the Old Testament, man paid the price for sin by sacrificing (killing) animals, the blood of the animals temporarily covering the sins of the people and making them clean before God. Though these sacrifices could not eternally cover the people’s sins and restore the everlasting relationship between God and man, they served as a foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice that would redeem man and forever heal his relationship with His Heavenly Father – that of Jesus Christ on the cross.
God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the punishment that each of us deserves for our sins. By dying on the cross, Jesus paid the price that God demands for our sins. Because Jesus is the Son of God and lived a sinless life, His sacrifice was perfect. It covered our sins forever and eternally restored the intimate personal relationship man was meant to have with God.
Jesus rose from the dead, proving He is the eternal Son of God, that He has victory over sin and death, and that all who believe in Him will also enjoy life after their physical deaths. Jesus is alive.
Those who believe in Jesus’s death and resurrection and that He is the Son of God, The Lord of all, and the Savior of the world are reconnected to God and made alive spiritually by the presence of The Holy Spirit in their hearts, minds and lives. We are made new creations and through The Holy Spirit, given a desire to please God and to live our lives in obedience to Him.
Moreover, in addition to freeing us from the penalty for our sins (death), Jesus’s death and resurrection freed us from the power sin once had over our lives. No longer slaves to sin, we no longer have to obey our desires and temptations to sin. God has cleansed us and made us righteous and we can now live righteous lives. We now abide in the Kingdom of God, where God has dominion over our lives. Sin no longer has dominion over us.
If we stumble, fall and sin as we earnestly strive to live for God, we are forgiven for our sins when we humbly confess them to God. While we should never get comfortable with sin or sin unrepentantly, neither should we condemn ourselves when we fall short of God’s standard.