A sad reality that we do not speak of too often is that we are people born into sin. And a joyful reality that we do not celebrate often enough is that in Christ we are no longer in that sin.
When God said that the wages of sin is death, He was either exaggerating (lying) or telling the truth. And because God cannot lie, it was the truth. And because we are born into sin the rightful payment is death. But praise be to God that we are no longer in that sin! We live in Christ who lives!