The act of sin is as old as man himself. The Bible teaches us that our Heavenly Father created man in His own image. When He saw that man was all alone He didn’t like it. So He created woman as a companion for man. The Father created the Garden of Eden where man lived without any hard work since the garden was full of trees laden with fruits. They were forbidden to eat the fruit of only one tree which stood in the middle of the garden. He told that if you eat the fruit you will die. He didn’t say they would be punished.
1.The violation of the Lord’s instructions: The Lord had created man with full freedom, filled with only innocence and goodness. In the Lord’s plan there was no place for Hell. The choir of angels then and now, keep singing praises, about the King of angels
2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: Isaiah 6: 2-3
Lucifer and a group of angels instead of praising the Lord, wanted to rise higher than Him. His wings were cut and he was thrust into Hell. The first question on earth was from the Devil. He had asked Eve, He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”(Genesis 3:1-3)
Eve answered, 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”…He way laid Eve into believing that they would not die after eating the fruit rather they would be equivalent to God. She believed the Devil more than the Lord and hence ate the fruit. She gave some to Adam also. they opened the way to Hell having violated the Lord’s instructions.
Man sinned and lost the presence and grace of the Lord. Romans 3:23, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,… Sin had laid claim man and enslaved him. Even after sinning the blessings that the Lord gave our forefathers stayed true. Man has power over all the creation even today. Man was flourishing and is flourishing even today on earth. With that sin too is flourishing.
2.Life for life: The sin that the first parents committed was a grave one before the Heavenly Father. It is the same even today. For this the law that the Lord instated was ‘Life for Life’. Exodus 21:23, 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life…
Leviticus 17:11, 11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.
For a soul to be saved it was mandatory to shed blood. For the forgiveness of sins many offerings were given to the Lord (Leviticus 4,5,6) For the offering it was instructed that one should bring a ox, sheep, ram or dove without defect. The priest would kill the animal on the altar and sprinkle the blood on the altar. Yet it was not enough for the forgiveness of sin because sin was a grave cause. Is there anyone on earth who is free from sins?? Ecclesiastes 7:20, 20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,
no one who does what is right and never sins. There is no one who is Holy except the Lord. The blood of one man cannot redeem the sins of another. Hence the redeemer of sins is the Lord Himself.
3. Only the Lord is Holy: How can man be redeemed?? There was only one way before the Lord. The one without any mortal sin was born as man among us on earth. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and not the union of a man and woman. It is the biggest miracle the world has ever seen. Jesus, His son was the replacement that Heavenly Father chose to redeem us from our sins. Just as a father would plead before wicked/cruel men for his child and say spare my child but kill me ,the Heavenly Father sent the Son in place of our sins.
1 Peter 1:18-19, 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
Jesus was crucified on the cross. He rose again on the third day. He appeared to the disciples and apostles and strengthened them.
Mathew 20:28, 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
John 3:16, 16 For 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.
1 John 1:9, 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
The Lord loved and still loves the world. What about us?? We do not pay attention or give due importance to the suffering of Christ on the cross and the gravity of our sins that caused it. Isn’t it right? No act of charity or sacrifice can redeem us. It is only the grace of God that can save us. True repentance of our sins from the bottom of our hearts only can lead us the transformation. When we carefully examine the Ten Commandments, each one of us can clearly see how many commandments we violate on a daily basis. Those who repent from sins gain redemption.
1 John 1:8-9, 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Luke 16:19… Jesus tells a story. It is not a parable since every time He shares one He clearly mentions so. A rich man lived a luxurious life. Lazarus, a poor beggar covered with sores was in extreme pain and spent his days at the gates of the rich man. Both men died. The rich man was sent to hell while Lazarus went to Heaven. Here Jesus taught us what happens when we die. It is essential that we believe every word of the Lord. Heaven and Hell are not figments of imagination rather a reality after death. Those who accept this and bring their life to order are blessed. Those who do not believe are doomed.