Thursday, July 02, 2020

The Panacea for a Pandemic





In recent months scientists, medical experts and researchers have been working around the clock in search of a cure or vaccination for Covid-19. Huge amounts of money have been injected into the project and every attempt is being made to provide a solution to this global pandemic. Meanwhile many are dying and statistics are alarming. The virus has spread with amazing rapidity right across the world, just weeks after initial reports of its outbreak in Wuhan in China. No one has been spared: the rich, the poor, the famous and the unknown, religious and pagan; all classes have succumbed to its devastating effects. It has crossed all boundaries and no state, county, city, country or continent could halt its rapid advance.

There is a far greater global problem that few are willing to consider or talk about. It has not been around for months but has plagued humanity from the dawn of history, from that first calamitous act of rebellion and disobedience by Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden as recorded in Genesis chapter 3. For them it had disastrous consequences, resulting in their eviction from that earthly paradise and forcing a yawning chasm between them and God. Since then, every generation, every single human being born into the world, apart from the Lord Jesus, has been affected and infected by the deadly ‘virus’ of sin. Every individual has tested positive! "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" Romans 5.12.

How serious is it? Just as serious as James starkly describes it, "… and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death" James 1.15. It has damaged us physically, psychologically and spiritually; every stratum of creation has been impacted and there is no area where its frightening effects have not been felt. It is the source of human tears, the cause of sickness and death; it has filled hospitals and mental asylums and it brings human beings at last to the grave. Worse than all that, if not addressed, it will mean eternal banishment from God in Hell and the Lake of Fire, in unending torments and remorse, from whence there can be no escape.

Is there hope? Is there an effective remedy? Thank God, He undertook to provide the only cure for this most serious of ailments: it is one hundred per cent effective regardless of the severity of the case or the length of time one has suffered from this "worst of all diseases". Its curative power works in every country and climate and throughout the world there are millions who will readily testify to its tried and tested efficacy.

Is it expensive? God had to give His only Son; can you calculate the price of that gift? In order to save the lives of the sufferers, God’s Son had to forfeit His life. The only One Who could provide the remedy must be free of the infection Himself, immune to all contamination. On the cross He did everything that God demanded for us to be pardoned, have our every sin forgiven and receive eternal life. It was unimaginably expensive for God and Christ and yet, amazingly, this remedy is offered to you without money and without price: "… the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" Romans 6.23.

What must I do then? You cannot save yourself, you cannot escape the inevitable consequences of your condition by your own efforts but you can trust Christ to do for you what you cannot achieve yourself. Do not ignore the serious problem that you have; this remedy works without doubt, every time, but only if you take it. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life" John 3.36. Please be warned: failure to do so will mean inevitable death and eternal exclusion from Heaven. The facts are stark, the consequences are fearful, the remedy works; there’s danger and death in delay.


Used by permission of Assembly Testimony Magazine

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