Most of us have become so accustom to death that we have no memory of what real life is like. We were born broken in a broken world. While our lives taste joy at moments, the presence of sickness, loss, and pain remind us that the world is not as it should be. Death reigns.
Death in it's raw form is separation. A divorce is a kind of death as it is a separation of souls never meant to be pulled apart. A sickness is a kind of death, a separation from wholeness. Even physical death is a separation of the spirit from the body.
Death was never to be a part of our world, and we know it. With every loss, with every ache, we grieve the loss of a world we never knew. Something has to change.
Death came into the world through the act of one man. Adam was created in God's image to glorify God through relationship with Him (Genesis 1:26-28). Because God cannot be in relationship with sin, Adam separated us from God with one act of disobedience. This was the first death, spiritual death.
Separation from God results in every kind of death. Through the millennia humans have perpetuated a cycle of sin and separation that has kept us separated from God and kept us in the presence of death. We were captives to sin and death, but God wants to set the captives free.
Jesus came to restore humanity to God. He became human (John 1:14), lived a perfect life, and showed us true love in the form of sacrificial service. Ultimately, He took on the sin of humanity and died do pay the sin debt we all owed.