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Sin of the World


John uses the singular form of sin instead of sins. The sin that Jesus took away by his sacrifice was the original sin that Adam and Eve had committed. This sin was the root cause of all later sins, and so we call it Original Sin. The singular form of sin can also mean all the sins in a collective form. The Israelites were offering animal sacrifices for their current sins. However, the sacrifice of Jesus was for the Original Sin that affected all humanity and hence the entire world.

The sacrifice of animals by the sinful men could not take away the first parents’ original sin. Since all people are born in sin, God became man keeping up his divinity. Only the self-sacrifice of Jesus, who was free from sin, could truly compensate for the sin, and take it away from the world.


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