Not a nano second seems to pass in all forms of media nowadays without we being updated about the rising number of infections and casualties on account of the deadly Corona Virus. Even as I began preparing this message, the news of a celeb like Prince Charles having tested positive for this lethal virus trickled down. And to think in his social interaction, he had been as cautious as possible, replacing handshakes with Indian style Namaste, whilst greeting dignitaries of other Nations! By the time I was concluding this message, the News of Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister having been infected was “in the air”. From paupers to princes, from a person down in the dumps economically in some remote corner of this World to a distinguished National leader residing in the famous Downing Street, London, this virus seems to be in no mood of sparing anyone!
For a layman, a chill would run across his spine when the chilling truth sinks in that all kinds of people, irrespective of their societal status, are becoming victims of the “predatory instincts” of this contagious disease.
Besides doing all that is socially correct by strictly adhering to Government rules aimed at curbing the spread of this disease, are there any spiritual lessons for us to be learned at this time of universal crisis? Plenty, if you ask me…
In this Series of 6 parts with sub-headings beginning with “C”, Yours Truly aims to focus on a virus which is far more deadly than Corona virus. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is sin (Remember that all other disease-causing viruses originated from this one!). In addition, and most importantly, we will also be focusing on the cure!
There are many reasons for stating that sin is far more lethal than Corona virus. Here two of them:
a) COVID-19 (another name for Corona Virus) can merely kill the body, whereas sin, in contrast, kills not only body but also permanently separates a person’s spirit (his real self) from its Creator God leading to a far more excruciating “Second death” (read damnation into Hell Rev 2:11).
b) Covid-19 virus is not transmitted from a mother to a child (recent studies have substantiated this point), whereas sin gets transmitted from parents to their offspring
Before zeroing in on the main cause of sin and the solution for it, firstly let us cast spotlight on a Scripture portion, which gives one a glimpse of the situation prevalent in the contemporary world and the glorious future. The scenario may appear apparently tragic, but it is tailor-made (an offshoot of our Heavenly Father’s infinite wisdom) to fashion us into a Christ-like image and make us pine for a better world:
“For all creation is waiting patiently and hopefully for that future day when God will resurrect his children. For on that day thorns and thistles, sin, death, and decay—the things that overcame the world against its will at God’s command—will all disappear, and the world around us will share in the glorious freedom from sin which God’s children enjoy. For we know that even the things of nature, like animals and plants, suffer in sickness and death as they await this great event. And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has promised us—bodies that will never be sick again and will never die.” (Romans 8:19-30 TLB)
Please join us on Tuesday for “A Cure for a Virus Deadlier than Corona Virus, Part 2, to see the cause, contamination and consequences of sin.
Prayer: Father, You in your infinite wisdom have permitted this global crisis. Enable your children your children to absorb meaningful lessons at this time and pass it onto the unchurched ones, too, in order they too can experience your redemptive love. Amen.
J and SM Ministries
(To access the entire “A Cure for a Virus Deadlier Than the Corona Virus” mini-series, please click here.)