4 - God's Justice Demands Life
Judicial Death. Our nation has laws that may require a fine (or even life) as a legal price to be paid for breaking its laws. The judicial price God requires as for payment for sin is as serious as its consequences. Life is the judicial price! The first warning issued in the Garden of Eden clearly elaborated this price for sin, “from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die,”Genesis 2:16-17. Put in the plainest of words, the payment of death is pronounced as the judicial price for breaking God‘s law (sin). This price is placed on the head of every sinner (Ezekiel 18:20). 2 Peter 2:4-9 recounts the examples of the Genesis flood and Sodom and Gomorrah and their destruction due to sin. God was demonstrating in the Old Testament the price for sin — death, and that His justice must be served. Adam and Eve surely suffered the consequences of sin — they died spiritually the instant they sinned, and they were destined to eventually die a mortal death, but that did nothing to remove their sin, or pay the judicial price for their sin — death. The New Testament flatly states that ―”without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin”, Hebrews 9:22. God was teaching us in the Old Testament how bad sin is, its terrible consequences, and high judicial price.
All Have Sinned. Looking over the scope of history, the New Testament writers reflected this chilling and disturbing characteristic of man by observing that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. We are all in a very desperate situation: We have broken the laws of the God of the universe, this has separated us from Him, and the judicial price of death is required by a just God! If we die a mortal death in this condition we will be eternally separated from God! Yet we are unable to pay the price for sin ourselves.