Have you ever done that thing where something bad happens to you and your first reaction is that you start trying to remember all of your sins from that week to see if you can figure out what God is punishing you for? I’m sure you know what I’m talking about... your car breaks down or you get a traffic ticket or you bomb some test and without even meaning to, you start to think about how you lied to your mom that past week or thought about that one particular someone in a sexual way. Before you know it, you’re thinking that God is up on high watching the world and your life and that when you do some sin, He deals out some little punishment to get you back. Now this, of course, is entirely inaccurate. God doesn’t operate this way at all. If you have believed in Jesus, you’ll never be punished for your sins because Jesus was punished for all of them - (and by the way, a flat tire or a pop quiz isn’t the punishment for even the smallest of sins) We see the world this way because we think the opposite of sin is living right. We look at our life on a scale with sins on one side and good works on the other, and we try to keep things in balance with good works tipping the scale, but that’s all wrong. We could never live right enough to overcome our sin. The opposite of sin isn’t living right. The opposite of sin is grace. The sin of Adam doomed all of us from the very beginning, but the death of Jesus offers us the gift of grace: The antidote of sin.