What is Sin?
In John 1:29 Jesus is proclaimed as “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
John 18:8 “he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin …”
Hebrews 9:26 “to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
Why does it say Sin and not Sins?
What is the one Sin that Jesus takes away?
What one sin did the world / Cosmos / Universe commit?
It had to be the first thing that Adam did after he ate the fruit. What was it? Look at Genesis 3:8 “Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God” Adam hid from the God, the community of Love. That was the first sin, separating from God. God came looking for Adam. God never hid Himself from Adam, Cain, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, on down but man hid from God.
What was the first fruit of this separation, Cain killed Able.
What we call sins (murder, rape, homosexuality, gossip) are just the fruit of the separation. The results of the separation are manifest in many ways.
Separation from God’s Love, community with God is Sin.
Ask a Jew about the law and they will say it teaches you how to love your neighbor. The rules are there so you can be positioned to know God’s Love and express it to others. How many times are the Jews charged to, and rebuked for not, caring for the widow, the poor, and the traveler.
The Jews failed in spreading the Love and healing the separation. That is why Jesus came to take away or heal the Sin of the cosmos (separation from community with God).
The separation can be manifest in many ways and we get distracted trying to deal with the fruit of separation rather than the cause.
Jesus has called us out of the separation and into His assembly or community of Love. When we find someone involved in the fruit of separation, we just show them the healing of the Community with God / Love.
When the root of separation is healed the fruit of separation just dries up and dies