Sin can be thought of like a disease. The original sin began with Adam and Eve and infected God’s pure creation, unleashing a pandemic that has never been cured and still ravages all of humankind to this very day.
God created the world free from sin. Adam and Eve had everything they needed in the Garden of Eden, they had no need to work for food, water or shelter. But God gave Adam a warning:
“16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
– Genesis 2:16-17
Eve gave into temptation and ate of the tree. While eating of the tree didn’t lead to physical death in this world, it levied a death sentence of the spirit in the internal world.
This simple act cursed all of mankind from that moment forward. Sin was introduced into the world. Sin can be likened to a disease. Like an incurable pandemic, sin has spread from that moment forward and has never diminished.
The infection of sin reached such an epidemic proportion, God chose to flood the world to try and eliminate it.
God only spared Noah, his family and the animals He instructed to be saved.
“1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.”
– Genesis 7:1
“7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood.”
– Genesis 7:7
“21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.”
– Genesis 7:21-24
But despite the goodness of Noah and his family, sin arose again.
“For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.”
The wisdom of King Solomon points out the cold hard facts. There is not a single human being on earth who never sins.
Now the problem becomes, God cannot have fellowship with sin. He is holy. Some atonement must be made to cover the sin under the law.
This would be the only way God could have fellowship with mankind. God required the Jews to offer a blood sacrifice. God commanded the Jews to sacrifice “pure” animals as a burnt offering. It had to be a blood sacrifice because blood is life. Blood is the only currency that can atone for sin.
“If he brings a lamb as his sin offering, he shall bring a female without blemish.”
– Leviticus 4:32
But as the contagion of sin spread, the outbreak became so massive that blood sacrifices were insufficient to atone for volume of sin.
Now God had an even greater problem. All of mankind, God’s creation, would have to be sentenced to eternal death. The fellowship God wanted with his creation would not be possible under the law. However, God had what we may call the nuclear option, a one-time atonement for sin, that would cleanse all of humanity.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
– Romans 3:23
God realized that all human beings until the end of time would be sinners. No one would be pure, righteous and worthy of redemption. They would be guilty and would require the punishment of eternal death. All of humankind would have to perish.
God decided to offer a sacrifice as a substitute for the sins of mankind. A righteous human who could pay for the sins of mankind in what we might call prisoner-swap. He would serve the sentence and pay the penalty for mankind.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
– John 3:16
The Lord sent his son Jesus Christ to be born in the flesh on Earth as a human being. Born of a virgin, Jesus would escape original sin inherited through human birth. Jesus would live a sinless life. Completely guiltless, Jesus would die on the cross.
Christ’s death would serve as a blood sacrifice, one that, it’s because of his holiness, would carry the necessary atonement to cover the sins of all mankind until the end of time.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Belief in Christ and living a life dedicated to Christ allows you to inherit the salvation offered by Jesus, through the grace and forgiveness of God.