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…therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:23-24 ESV)

For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive

(1 Corinthians 15:21-22 ESV)

Sin is not a popular subject in western society today, but the weight of it has been felt by everyone who has ever lived. As a result of their rebellion against God, and the authority of his word, Adam and Eve were driven from God’s unhindered presence that they had enjoyed in the Garden of Eden. The result of the fall that plunged the human race into sin has been catastrophic. All human beings who have ever lived have been marred by the sin of our first parents. We are the image bearers of God, but we have been spiritually disfigured by the fall. In fact the Bible says that we are spiritually dead apart from Christ. The fall plunged the whole planet into spiritual darkness.

Sickness, broken relationships, disease, wars, natural disasters, and calamities of all sorts are the results of the rebellion of Adam and Eve. Many of us think that we are pretty good people. But apart from Christ we are lost without hope for eternity. The gravity of our hopeless situation called for extreme measures. Since God is just, and cannot tolerate sin, he had to send his sinless son to take the death penalty that we all deserved. Because we all inherited Adam and Eve’s sinful nature.

Our rebellion cost the Son of God his life. The consequences of this great catastrophe that our first parents thrust upon the earth had to be atoned for. The good news is that Jesus’ death has triumphed over evil, and he has been raised from the dead, and rules in Heaven. Those who have turned from sin (which is an ongoing process) trusted in, and are followers of Christ, will only face natural death, but not eternal separation from God. Jesus tasted death for everyone (Heb.2:9) so that we can be eternally with him, so that we can be joined back to the Father and live in his all satisfying presence forever.

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