Monday, May 11, 2020

The Worst Virus of All!

When Adam and Eve said, “no” to God and, “yes” to Satan in a garden paradise, the virus of sin was born and took over.  Sin is pride in control of a person’s heart, soul, mind and strength.  Someone defined sin as mans’ total inability to do the will of God as written in the Word of God!  This ugly virus entered the human race and history by way of our very first parents Adam and Eve.  Sin also can, by its very corrupt disposition be called Old Adam or The Adamic Nature.  It then and now infects each and every person born.  No exceptions!  God’s “test kit” is the Holy Bible and everyone tests positive. God’s Word clearly declares “All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (standard).” And what is God the Father’s Standard?  His very own Son Jesus of Nazareth!  Messiah! Lord!  If all of humanity past and present were skilled pole vaulters not even one could come close to “clearing God’s Bar,” Jesus!  This Jesus (His name means Saviour) is God’s cure for the deadly virus of sin. (1) Christ fulfilled perfectly all prophecy.  He was born of a virgin.  Lived a perfect life.  Did many signs and wonders and became the virus of sin for us! (2) Shed His precious blood for us on “The Old Rugged Cross.”  He was buried and rose again the third day!  No one with the virus is asymptomatic, or is unaware he or she has it.  How so?  Look at man’s conscience!  Look at the evening news!  The cure was set in place before God made the heavens and the earth!  He was ready when the sin pandemic hit!

This naturally leads us to look at Covid-19 and the wholesale pain, suffering, disruption and loss of life it is reaping.  It has the full attention and anxiety of the planet.  It has “leveled the playing field!”  But look!  We have learned in the aggressive war against this “Invisible Enemy” that human blood is in the arsenal to fight it!  More specifically, a goodly number of persons who recovered from Covid-19 have cultivated in their blood plasma, good antibodies which can be harvested and given to ill people, especially those in the earlier onslaught of this very dangerous disease.

Are there some “take homes” here for a world “sheltered at home?”  Oh yes!  And it addresses the very deadliest of viruses, sin.  The cure is God the Father’s Son, The Lamb of God, who became sin for us and paid the full death penalty by His blood shed on the cross 2000 years ago.  His blood is pure and potent.  God the Father fully honors it.  His blood and death pay the gigantic sin debt of all mankind.  It removes guilt.  It “defangs” the bite and power of evil.  And God is not concerned with how “ill” we are from the virus!  (Paul the Apostle referred to himself as “The Chief of Sinners.”)  And here’s the best part!  “He is Risen!”  The Resurrection is God’s “Notary Public” signature guaranteeing that His Son’s humble and holy sacrifice can cure the Sin Virus for all mankind for all time. However, to receive this complete cure God requires that we sincerely admit to Him that we are ill.  That we’ve thought, said and done evil because of our illness. We’ve grieved our Creator and Redeemer.  We’ve “run over” people!  Having come clean we now pray a simple but stellar prayer:  “Lord Jesus, come now into my heart.  I personally receive you as my Saviour and Lord.  Thank you for forgiving my sin.  Thank you for giving me yourself and the gift of life everlasting.  With your love and strength Jesus I want to live for you, not me, for the rest of my life. 

In your name,

Ron Bolt is a retired pastor who lives in Temecula, California with wife Lois and two adult children.  Born in Chicago he was raised primarily in Minnesota and is a graduate of Wheaton College and Fuller Theological Seminary.

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