The Beautiful Bride - Week 1, Day 1

Death to Life – The Contract’s Offer                                      

IF… “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23 (NIV)

THEN… I will recognize that I am a sinner and I will desire this amazing gift from God.

Before we can understand the depth of the love involved in the gift of God, we must first understand SIN and its consequences. We must grasp why it requires such a great payment! 

  • What is SIN?

A simple childlike definition of sin is anything I think, say or do that makes God unhappy. However, as adults we realize that although the word “sin” seems to be a simple word, it can become one of the most complicated words to understand. The best definition comes straight from the Bible.  In the Old Testament, sin is defined as missing the mark designed by God.  Throughout the Bible, sin is also described as a break in fellowship with God. Because God in his very nature is holy, perfect, and just, he cannot tolerate our sin. So, sin is anything that separates us from fellowship with God and His plan for our lives, and WE ALL HAVE SIN!

  • Why is Death the payment for SIN?

Death is not the opposite of life, but the absence of life! If sin separates us from God and God is life, then sin leads away from God to death. In a sense, we can be thankful for physical death because without it, we would live eternally separated from God. If however Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we have the hope of eternal life in his presence.

  • Why were blood sacrifices required from a loving God?

Blood carries nutrients and oxygen to every cell in the body, giving it life.  Since the wage of sin is death and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22), animal sacrifices were required in Old Testament times for the forgiveness of sin.  The practice of animal sacrifice was a foreshadowing of the ultimate and final sacrifice that would be made by Jesus’ death on the cross.  Jesus, as God’s Son, was a perfect, sinless man.  He enjoyed unbroken fellowship with the Father.  By not having any sin of his own to pay for, he was the only one who could give up his own life as the punishment for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21). 

God loves you so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus, to pay the price of your sin! If you have accepted this gift, you have agreed to trade your life and its consequences for His life and its rewards.  As the prospective bride of Christ, you have been offered the dowry price of Jesus’ life, and just as the bride had the choice of whether or not to accept the cup, you also have a choice.  Have you accepted his offer?

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