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What Is Sin Really?

Such marvelous creatures, we humans! We live passionately, create brilliantly, rise to heroic heights. Our accomplishments are astonishing. We are indeed a remarkable race.

sin slave or captive idAnd yet . . .

Something about us is horribly broken. Busted. Just plain wrong.

You can’t watch the news for five minutes and deny it. Genocides, human trafficking, environmental destruction, the endless cycle of atrocity and revenge . . . the best in us is corrupted by the worst in us. And we don’t have what it takes to fix ourselves. If we did, we’d have done so long ago.

There’s a word for our condition: sin. It’s as relevant as today’s headlines,
       or the neighbor who abuses his wife,
       or the fifth-grader who cheats on a test,
       or the vitriol on Facebook.

Where does it all come from? Sin goes deeper than moral failures. It’s a negative force within us, and it’s ours by nature. Some of us express it outrageously, others subtly, but all of us inevitably. That’s what it means to be a sinner. And no one’s exempt.

Including you. See Nobody’s Perfect.
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Why you need a savior
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15)

In Jesus Christ, God himself became one of us to heal the rift caused by sin.

There could be no other way. It took a human being, capable of sinning, to stand on our behalf
against sin. But it took a sinless and eternal being—God himself—to actually overcome sin and
close its infinite breach.

That’s who Jesus is—fully human and fully God. And that’s what he accomplished.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might
become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

You’ve heard that Jesus died on a cross. When he did, your sin died with him. Everything that
was stacked against you— everything
: your guilt, sin’s power over you—Jesus took into his own body and put it to death. That’s what the cross was about. It was a dagger through the heart of

The sinless life you could never live, Jesus lived for you. The death that was yours to die, he died
for you. He restored a free relationship between you and God.

But it gets even better. See  A New Life—Starting Now
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