Genesis 2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
GPS is an amazing technology. No longer does one have to labor over an atlas with a ruler and calculator to see how long a trip will take, or what the shortest route will be. Now a little box triangulates its position and does all the work for you.
But imagine what would happen if the satellites were re-programmed to give a false position? Your GPS device would still be giving you directions. It would continue to guide you on your journey; but as the trip went on, you would constantly be moving further and further away from your destination.
No matter how many times you reprogrammed the device, no matter how much money you invested in a top of the line unit, you could never get where you wanted to be because the signal it relied on had been forever altered.
That is the effect of sin on our lives. It feeds us false data. We see that we are moving, we think we are progressing, but ultimately we discover that we are moving further and further away from God. It brings us to places we don’t want to go. It makes us into people we don’t want to be.
Ultimately, we realize that we are powerless to overcome it. We realize that the price of sin truly is death. We realized that we need someone to go where we cannot go, to do what we cannot do. We realize need a Savior.