Sin. It’s an ugly word, a word we don’t like to use these days as it’s negative-sounding. We prefer words like ‘mistake’ or ‘wrong choice’. But the Bible makes it clear that we are all sinners and we all have fallen short of God’s holy standard.
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:11-12)
Because of our sin we are not able to be in relationship with the holy God. He cannot tolerate sin. At this we might feel that all is hopeless, for how can we ever be good enough to meet God’s righteous requirements? We can’t, not on our own. But God made a way for us.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, fully God, eternal, became a human like us. He lived the perfect life that we could not live. Then He died on a cross, taking our sins upon Himself and bearing the wrath of God against that sin. Rising from the dead three days later, He now sits in Heaven at God’s right hand, ever interceding for us.
This gift of God is available to those who come to Him in faith, accepting Christ’s sacrifice in their place. We must acknowledge that we have sinned against a holy God and turning from this sin, we turn to Christ as our salvation, as our substitute, as the only Way to God. God then graciously forgives our sin and credits the righteous life that Jesus lived to us, so that we can be in good relationship with Him.