28th April 2020

A Deadly Virus

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
John 1:29 (NKJV)

This time last year no one had heard about Covid-19 – the coronavirus. But for the last three months or so, the news has been filled with little else. And we are all deeply aware of the huge impact it has brought to the world. Just about every corner of the earth has been affected to one degree or another. Travel bans are in place. A new phrase has entered our vocabulary: ‘social-distancing.’ The economic impact has hit and will be around for a good while. And beyond all that, of course, there have been multiple thousands of deaths.

In short, Covid-19 has disrupted life for everyone in one way or another. It has infected the world. Rather like sin, in fact. Sin knows no national borders. It affects male and female. As the scriptures tell us, everyone is infected (Romans 3:23).

Scientists are working hard to come up with a vaccine that will help stop the spread of Covid-19. And it may take a little while before testing is complete and a ‘cure’ is available for human use.

Thankfully, the cure for sin is already available. Jesus Christ is the ‘vaccine.’ The ‘Great Scientist’ in heaven who implemented the laws of science at the creation, foresaw the need for a remedy for sin and put a plan in place at the outset (Revelation 13:8). And that remedy, Jesus Christ, went through testing in order that the ‘vaccine’ could be available for all. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus’ blood is the cure for the virus of sin. When we accept that Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins, then the cure is readily available. The infection called ‘sin’ is removed and we are free to enter a new life. Of course, we may slip up from time to time, yet the remedy is always available (1 John 1:9).

How and when the current coronavirus emergency will end is unknown. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about those details when it comes to sin. The cure is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Prayer
Father, we are thankful—eternally thankful, in fact—that the remedy for the virus, that is sin, has been developed. Help us to keep that in mind every day and live as people who have been cured. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen

Study by Philip Stevens
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About the Author:
Philip Stevens attends the Great Baddow Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK (near Chelmsford).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed Church
High Street
Great Baddow
CHELMSFORD
CM2 7HH

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508-498165
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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