We can see the outcome of sin by looking in the Bible. Adam and Eve (and we along with them) were condemned to death and put out of the Garden. Cain was sent into the wilderness for the murder of his brother. In Noah’s time the whole earth was flooded because of sin. The languages were confused at Babel because of pride. Everyone who has ever lived has died or will die. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. Korah and his families were swallowed by the earth for his sin. Jesus died.
If you want to see the outcome of sin then look at the cross. That is what happens to sinners. Torture, humiliation, exhaustion, death. It is God stepping away from even His own Son, all because of sin. Not His, but ours. But this does show us the outcome of sin. Judgment. And judgment fell…on Christ. A judgment unparalleled by floods, fire, brimstone, earthquakes, or confusion. The flood wasn’t catastrophic, the cross was. Sodom and Gomorrah wasn’t a disaster, the cross was. Not in the sense of being a failure, but in the sense of the fullness of the wrath of God being revealed at one time. And Christ took that catastrophe, that disaster, that Katrina all at once in the space the size of a man and suffered it all.
Imagine, if you will, a great ball of fury that will wipe out humanity all at once, being hurled towards earth by God. As this ball of fury is bearing down on us a baby is born in Bethlehem. He lives a perfect life. At the moment the ball of wrath is about to hit, this man is crucified, raised up from the earth towards heaven, as sinful men reach the height of their rebellion against God by killing God’s own Son, and the ball of wrath hits Him and can go no further. It is absorbed by him. He takes it’s full force and allows not one little part of it to spread to any other person. Christ did that.
There is our judgment. There is the day of wrath. And yet this great act is only for those who will leave their sins and follow Christ. There will be no traitors allowed to enter the kingdom. Only servants of God. Only the subjects can enter the kingdom. The rest are left outside and for them another day awaits. A day in which there will be no Savior. A day where they will pay for their rebellion.
There is the the outcome of sin. “…and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James 1:15