Because of Easter, I decided to do a little mini-series called “Reality” about the promise of Jesus. Stick around if you haven’t heard this promise, and if you have, I’d love for you to read this anyway!
s i n
What is sin?
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Sin is anything that goes against God’s wishes. Have you ever lied- even just a “tiny white lie”? Have you ever taken something that wasn’t yours? You’ve sinned.
“Sure!” You say. “I may have done that… but I haven’t murdered anyone. I haven’t committed adultery or stolen a car.”
There’s only one problem with that… it doesn’t matter! If you do one sin, it doesn’t matter that you’ve kept every other commandment in the Bible.
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
If you do everything God asks but fail in one “tiny little thing”, you’ve sinned. And you are no longer holy. In really simple terms, holy means “set apart”. God is completely holy because he has never sinned, and when we sin, we can no longer be with God.
Romans 3:23 in the bible sums up our predicament perfectly:
“For all have sinned and all fall short of the glory of God.”
Everyone has sinned, and because everyone has sinned, no one can be with God anymore because God is holy.
So what can we do?
God gives us many rules, laws, and commandments that we can never follow. God told the Israelites to do many sacrifices- this is how they made peace with God. They could never fully be with God, however. They had to constantly preform sacrifices when they sinned, so they were really never clean.
By ourselves, we can do absolutely nothing about our sin. And that leads into grace.
g r a c e
What is grace?
Simply, grace is “unmerited favor”. God gives us favor when we don’t deserve it at all. We have done nothing to deserve God’s favor, but he gives it to us.
You know what? That verse, Romans 3:23, that says that we have all sinned and fallen short, there’s a verse after it. And that verse, Romans 3:24, is essential.
and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Together, the verses say:
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
That is the Gospel. We sin and can’t do anything about it by ourselves, but God sent his son as a free gift to justify us.
God sent his son, Jesus to earth as a man. Jesus died on the cross with all our sins on his back. He took all our sins, and when we trust in him alone, he saves us.
One thing that a lot of people get wrong is that salvation is a gift. It’s not something you can earn, ever.
This sunday, which is Easter, I’ll be continuing this mini series and talking more about Jesus’ death and the gift of salvation.