Rotten or Right

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. —Romans 5:12

The whole bushel of apples was rotten. How did that happen? It started with one apple that rotted and that one apple affected all the rest. The bushel of apples was completely ruined and had to be thrown out.

Where did life come from? How did it originate? Those are familiar questions people ask. Instead, let us ask this one— Where did death come from? Why do we die? Yes, we can describe physically why we die with the aging of the body and by disease, but where did death originate? Once life began, where did death come from? Why did we start to die?

Death is like that first rotten apple. It affected one and then ruined the rest. God’s Word is clear on where death came from. Death was a consequence of disobedience to God (Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3). Sin entered the human race through Adam’s disobedience. He had been warned that disobedience would bring death and it did. Not only to himself, but its rottenness would spread to every person that was to ever live— everyone would age, wear out and die— all because of sin.

But… the good news is that “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God” (Romans 5:6-11).

Only God can take the rottenness of sin and death away and change His enemies to His friends. He does this by the finished work of Jesus at the cross. When a person trusts the Lord Jesus it is like a totally rotten apple being made new… forever! “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” Also “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (II Corinthians 5:17, 21).

Have you trusted Jesus? If so, you are made right with God through Him. If not, the rottenness of sin and death will have a negative impact on your life… forever… in a place called Hell. Trust Jesus today and be made new!

Dear Father, it is truly amazing that when there was nothing good in us You were willing to send Your Son to take the penalty for our sins that we could be made new. Thank You and may I now live according to Your desires in the authority of Jesus.

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