What is sin?

Have you ever heard someone talk about sin and wonder what that means?  Sometimes people define sin as the bad choices we make or the bad things we do.  That’s a good start, but sin is more than that.  It started long ago, with Adam and Eve, the very first people.

You’ve probably heard of Adam and Eve.  God created them after the earth and plants and animals and all of that.  They were the first humans who ever lived and they had a perfect place and a friendship with God.  They talked to God everyday and they were very close to Him.  Can you imagine hanging out with God every day?  They did that.  But then they did something to mess it all up.

God had asked Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from only one of the trees in the garden.  You know what happened though?  That’s right, they ate it anyway.  They sinned.  That means they went against God’s commandment.  That’s one meaning of sin.

The really bad thing is their sin meant that everyone who ever came after them would be someone who sinned too.  That’s called a sin nature.  It means we’re all born as sinners and there’s nothing we can do about it.  We will all sin in our lives (Romans 3:23).  That part of us is another meaning of sin.  And it’s for that sin that Jesus had to die in our place.  He had to earn back our friendship with God that Adam and Eve messed up, because we can’t earn it back on our own.  We’ll talk more about what He did later this week.

How are things going with memorizing verses?  Let’s memorize this one: 1 Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”