I'm a kid in school. The cleaver guy on my left asks me for an answer to a question. I don't know the answer and say so. He suggests to look on Sally's paper on my other side. I do, get the answer, and tell him. The next day the guy asks me for my lunch money and, if I refuse, he threatens to tell that I cheated yesterday; so I have impeded my ability to be truthful - will I cave into this little further infraction? What will that breed? The following day I'm asked to help pressure Sally to surrender her lunch money, etc., etc., etc.
The first time I surrendered to cheating I sold my soul, I sinned and I lost my freedom, my freedom to do what is right. That is what Jesus gave back to me when He surrendered to the Cross (my sins of cheating, doing what is not right). When Jesus died and rose again, He gave me back my freedom from that sin (He suffered the consequences of my unrighteousness). Now I am free again, free to choose what is right, what will I choose to with that freedom?
That is, in a very childlike way, my view of our fall and redemption. There is no greater encouragement than knowing that Truth. Thanks for sharing.