The Sin of Man
We were created to have fellowship with God; but, because of our stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Sin is defined as us missing the mark of perfection and loving ourselves more than God or others. Have you sinned? Well, the Bible — “God’s words to us” — tells us that everybody has sinned.
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
If everyone has sinned, why do I need to worry about it then? Sin created a separation between man and God. It prevents us from having a true relationship with him. Something had to be done to bridge the gap. Some people think if you work hard enough you can make a bridge over the gap to God…but it just doesn’t work that way.
The only way to reach God is for God to build a bridge. He did this by sending His Son in the form of man, named Jesus. His main purpose was to die for our sins. Was there a reason that he had to die? Yes, because we deserve to die for the sin in our lives. The punishment for sin is death. God’s one and only son Jesus stepped in for us and took our sin on himself, and by doing this, He set us free and bridged the gap to a full relationship with Him. That is what the love of God is. It’s not judgment. It’s not condemnation.
“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
[Christ speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” [that it might be full and meaningful]. John 10:10