The Coronavirus is very scary. It has changed so much of our lives. People are being prevented from playing sports, going to the movies, and in some cases, people are even being prevented from going to work. This has certainly generated more panic than anything else I’ve ever experienced in my life. People are lining up outside of stores before they open to ensure they get the supplies they need, as store shelves have been emptied by people who are concerned about how long this quarantine could last.
Thankfully, the quarantine will likely help the issue be resolved, and in the meantime, there are things we can do to avoid the Coronavirus. We can wash our hands with soap and water, avoid touching our faces, and follow other healthy practices. Thankfully, we can create and practice these habits and prevent everyone from catching the Coronavirus. Can you imagine how much worse this virus would be if we had no way to prevent it? Coronavirus is bad, but it could be so much worse!
If there was no way to prevent it’s spread, COVID-19 would be so much worse. The panic would increase. Everyone would be stuck at home, not for quarantine, but because everyone would feel terrible. Yet, it could get even worse. What if everyone who caught the virus got so sick, they died. Just imagine if the virus was so contagious there was no way to prevent getting it and that it was so strong that everyone would eventually die from it. That would be so much scarier! The present Coronavirus is very bad, and I am not trying to take it lightly, but I am so thankful that there are ways to prevent the spread and there will be some who don’t catch COVID-19 and that not everyone who catches it will die.
Luckily, I have just described an outlandish and unrealistic description of the Coronavirus (or any virus for that matter). We will always be able to take actions to prevent catching one, but there is a problem that is way worse than Corona, that is as bad as I have previously described. So bad that everyone will catch it and they will die from it. Most have already been affected. There are children who are unaffected, but they will be as they continue to grow. It’s part of life; it’s simply unavoidable. Not only is it unavoidable; it causes death every day. The problem is sin. Sin is a sickness, a virus, that has infected everyone.
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," Romans 3:23 (ESV)
And if everyone having sinned wasn’t bad enough…
"For the wages of sin is death..." Romans 6:23a (ESV)
Sin is a devasting problem because everyone has it, or will have it, and its mortality rate is 100%. Sin brings death every time. Now, we aren’t talking about physical death, but spiritual death. Spiritual death means that we are separated from God and in a lost condition. Frankly, spiritual death is a lot worse than physical death. Physical death can come with the hope of Heaven, if we are spiritually alive. If we are spiritually dead, physical death is a lot scarier. Sin is clearly a much bigger problem than COVID-19. Our fear of the Coronavirus shouldn’t compare to our fear of sin. While we should certainly go to great lengths to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we should go to even greater lengths to prevent the spread of sin.
Praise God, He did not leave us to die in our sins! Because while sin brings death, Jesus brings life!
"but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23b (ESV)
Jesus is the cure to sin. Jesus came to this Earth and exposed himself to temptation, the allurement of sin, but He stayed pure – He lived perfect! He was and is and will be the only human to live on this earth as a perfect man. He lived as a perfect man so that He could die perfect. It is odd, unusual, and downright strange; but Jesus lived the perfect life so He could be our perfect sacrifice. He took on our illness of sin so that we could be alive spiritually. It is by the grace of God that we have been saved from our sins. We were helpless and hopeless but with God’s help have gained hope. Jesus conquered sin, so let’s live for Him!
Consider the Following Questions:
Which is worse physical death or spiritual death?
How can spiritual death be avoided?
Should you thank God for the forgiveness that He has offered?
Considering the following Scriptures: how do we gain Jesus forgiveness?
- Acts 2:38
- Romans 6:1-4
- Ephesians 2:4-5
- Colossians 2:11-15
- 1 Peter 3:21-22
After being baptized, how do we gain forgiveness (1 John 1:7-10)?