Sin: The current state of sickness
Society is riddled with disease and contamination, day after day people fall to things with no remedies. The common cold to incurable cancer the place we live in has been ravaged. The statistics and the different strings of each disease, flu, cancer, etc. at a glance looks insurmountable. Doctors and scientists scramble for antidotes or anything to stop this mass chaos but as another clock ticks another person falls asleep, some in pain and some peacefully. Why has it come to this? Why is there no answer?
Modern medicine as of right now doesn’t have the answer for cancer. Despite the mass donations to help stem research there just hasn’t been a remedy, or any antidote, or serum. People affected must just endure; their families stand unable to help other than emotionally. I have never been affected by cancer or it’s impacts but I know one thing for sure: Death due to any various conditions is hard to bear. Cancer has become the most sudden, it grips the organs affected and lays waste to all in its path. The pace of its aggression varies but to those in its way it is too fast, too painful, too soon.
As I said previously I have no experience in the grieving process that comes with the passing of a loved one. The closest I’ve came was in high school; I played basketball with a dear friend named Foster, and in our Jr. year his father passed to pancreatic all too suddenly. We sat in the locker room devastated as we lifted up his family before God as we knew the coming days would bear extremely difficult and different situations. His father was rather young, as is any who passes. It wasn’t just his age that startled us but the timeline in which it has all taken place. It was so fast, so aggressive.
I don’t have a cure for cancer and I pray dearly that those doctors, and scientists are granted wisdom to be able to cure this awful disease. One thing I do know and with all sincerity and gentleness, sin has consequences. I’m not saying that all who are impacted by cancer are deserving of it directly, but since the very first sin in the garden of Eden man kind has been cursed-cursed with sin. Sin was the incurable disease and it comes with a consequence, and that consequence is death. “For the wages of sin is DEATH but the gift of God is eternal life”-Romans 6:23 We were destined to die a life separated from God, a life that is filled with anguish and heartache. But then we got our cure. Not from the wisdom of man, but from the perfect plan of God. No more sorry, no more pain, for there is hope and joy in Jesus. Revelation 21:4 says it best, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will exist no longer; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.”
That’s the cure. That is the joy, that is the hope; that no matter what we’ve done, no matter our background, our present, or our future, Jesus died so that we would not have to. So when society around you seems mangled and you don’t know where to find answers or hope look through your Bible, talk to Jesus and thank Him for giving life.
With any cure there is a means by which it is delivered and received. For the flu you must receive a shot from a grumpy nurse, with a cold you must take antibiotics force-fed generally by your mother to become well. In some instances these cures can run out. In 2009 H1N1 was a big and scary disease spreading around the world and it caused panic when word spread that the vaccine was running low. You don’t have to worry about this vaccine running out, thank goodness! His supply and His mercy is never ending1. The receiving is done just like this: “Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved” (Romans 10:9) it is a gift that will never leave you with regret. It is delivered by a Perfect Savior2 who made himself our sin3
- Romans 5:19- For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
- 1 Peter 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.
- 1 John 2:2- He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.