When Adam sinned, all of creation was cursed (Genesis 3; Romans 8:20–21). Part of that curse on man was separation between God and man. Before the Fall, Adam and Eve had walked with God in perfect fellowship, but after the Fall, sin separated man from his Creator.
Sin continues to separate us from God. God is perfect and requires those who come to live with Him to also be perfect. But we are born with a sin nature, and because we sin against God daily, we can never get to Heaven by anything that we do. God must punish sin as He punished Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden.
Our punishment is an eternity separated from God in a place commonly called “hell.” It sounds hopeless, unless there is someone who would be willing to pay our sin penalty for us. That someone must be without sin (perfect). Jesus, the Son of God, is that perfect God-man who took upon Himself the penalty for our sin.
Jesus died on a cross, paying for sin; and three days later He rose again, defeating death to provide us with a way to one day live with Him. But for us to be acceptable to God, we must repent of our sins and place our faith in Jesus. We must believe that Jesus took our place on the Cross and died for us.
Even though some people say that there are many ways to God, there is actually only one way. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is our only way to be reconciled with God. We can never earn eternal life on our own, because of our sin. Jesus paid the penalty and made a way for His children to live with Him forever. We must repent of our sin and place our trust in Him—that is the good news.