“Let us review the situation together, and you can present your case to prove your innocence. From the very beginning, your first ancestor sinned against Me; and all your leaders broke My laws. That is why I have disgraced your priests; I have decreed complete destruction and shame for you” (Isaiah 43:26-28)
God rightly proclaims that the first humans sinned at seemingly the first chance they got. (Genesis 3:6)
Because of this, “we all fall short of the glory of God” because we, too, have been corrupted by sin. (Romans 3:23)
This begs the question: “What does their sin have to do with me when I wasn’t the one who sinned?”
Well, you may not have been the one who brought sin into the world, but you have sinned. It taints us all.
“We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)
If you have murdered, you have sinned.
If you have stolen, you have sinned.
If you have ever lied, fibbed, spread gossip, or slandered someone, you have sinned.
(And this list is far from exhaustive.)
You may say: “So, what? Everyone has done that. You just said as much.”
Here’s the bad news: “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:26)
One sin in an entire lifetime equals death.
Not mere unpleasantness, simple discomfort, or a raging headache, but D-E-A-T-H, death!
Where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12)
Furthermore, this isn’t about everyone else – it is about you!
You have to accept that you’re not perfect, you’ve messed up (a lot), and that’s okay!
We’ve all messed up.
And it’s okay!
It wouldn’t be – but it is, because “those who believe are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.” (Romans 3:24)
Jesus took a complete disaster, a situation we had no control over, and gave us a way out.
Believe and be saved.