Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. Romans 5:18
At the cross we see both the fullness of God’s wrath against sin and God’s love for sinners displayed.
Sin is no trifling matter. Romans 6:23 teaches, “The wages of sin is death.” In Hebrews 9:22 we learn that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. God’s proclamation that disobedience will result in death given to Adam and Eve in the Garden is a reality – not a joke.
At the cross, Jesus, God’s beloved Son, suffered and died for you. At the cross Jesus took on your sin. At the cross Jesus was forsaken by His Father. At the cross Jesus gave his life for you.
A surprising, and often overlooked, truth is that Jesus did not just die for us. Of course, Jesus did in fact do so. But on the cross believers in Christ also died with Him. Romans 6:6 says, “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.”
Christians are not sinners who have amended their ways. No, Christians are sinners who have been put to death and raised to newness of life in Christ Jesus. And now having died with Christ we believe that we will live with him. Romans 6:8.
On the cross the condemnation for sin fell upon Jesus. Through His life, death, and resurrection salvation has come to us in Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
Adam and Eve, having rejected the Lord and despising His Word were cast out of paradise and prevented from reentering and eating from the tree of life. Jesus Christ, through his perfect trust and obedience has become our salvation. In Christ, and in Christ alone, we have forgiveness of sin, newness of life, and fellowship with our Heavenly Father. Someday, Christ will come back to bring all who believe in Him to be with Him for eternity in Heavenly glory.