Romans 5:12-21 (KJV)

12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

The burdens we carry come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties.

Many are weighty, but there’s one load that proves even heavier–and it can be traced back to the garden of Eden.

Since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:6), all people have been born with sinful hearts. Sin and holiness cannot mix. Therefore, in our natural state, none of us are able to fellowship with God.

What is worse, we continue to do wrong.

The Bible says that every one of us has gone astray, like a wandering sheep from his shepherd (Isa. 53:6). So on our own, we have no access to God. And there is nothing that we–fallen humans–can do to rectify the situation. And that’s why I see this as the heaviest burden of all.

But our Creator loved us so much that He sent His own Son to live a perfect life on earth.

Jesus deserved fellowship with God, yet He took our sin and its punishment by dying on the cross in our place. And then He conquered death by rising to life again.

His atonement for our wrongs is a gift that is available to anyone who believes.

The Savior longs for us to accept that He willingly paid the price to redeem us. He desires to relieve the burden of sin from our hearts. Only then will we experience true life and freedom.

Have you received God’s free gift of salvation?

Jesus loves you so much that He gave His life to have a relationship with you.

If you believe in Him and accept His death as your undeserved atonement for sin, He will forgive you for all unrighteousness and welcome you onto the path of true life.

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