Down With the Sickness

Down With the Sickness

Sin

Sin can be found everywhere we look.

From Genesis 3, we find our federal head, Adam, committing sin against God and his wife. The sin against his wife? Throwing her under the bus. Sure, Eve ate of the forbidden fruit first, yet Adam was standing right there. He allowed the sin to occur. He didn’t protect his wife from the temptations of the devil.

Thanks Adam, ya jerk.

Since that first instance of rebellion against God, we have been in a war against creation—and really ourselves. We constantly do things which are contrary to God’s design, yet are perfectly in step with our nature. Because that nature has a propensity and bent toward sin.

It is our natural state of being to be sinful. From our very first cry to our final breath, we will be sinning. There is no other way around it. Don’t believe me that our natural state is sin? Look at any two-year-old kid and tell me who taught them to lie to you—I’ll wait.

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Sin is in the very fabric of our being. God designed us for His good and purpose. He designed us to be in communion and fellowship with Him for all of eternity. Yet, our very sin nature severed that relationship we should’ve had with God. This separation worked itself out further into how we interact with the rest of the world. It affects our relationship with our spouse, kids, parents, siblings, and coworkers.

Not just our sin, but the sins of everyone. We have all been sinned against. We all know what it is like to have someone lie to us, to harm us and cause us pain.

The perpetrators are culpable for their actions, but their very sin nature made them do it. Not to take away choice, but apart from Christ, what other choice is there?

The Foolishness of Sin

In Romans 7:15, Paul writes, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Do you catch what Paul is saying here? How foolish is it to not do what you want, but to do what you hate the most?

However, that is what all of us—who are in Christ—do on a daily basis. We are complicit with our sin. We flirt with sin as if it is some harmless thing to be tamed or gently coddled. Sin is not some pet, it is a disease. In 1 Peter 5:8, it tells us that the devil roams around like a lion, looking to devour us. It is true that the devil is a fearsome predator.

But, the source of his power is a sickness rather than claws and teeth.

Coughs and Sneezes

Sin is a disease. It is an illness from which we all suffer. Sin is a parasite—a life-sucking, soul-weakening leech—which is slowly, but surely killing you.

One thing obvious about parasites is that they are small, microscopic organisms that feed off other living things. They breed in harsh environments and cause weakness in the host organism. In much the same way, sin gradually corrodes away measures of your soul, feeding on life and destroying life.

Yet, parasites can be killed. With the right treatment, that little bugger that caused so much damage can be eliminated and life can be restored. Dead cells can be restored like new, sickness can be reversed, and pain can end. All that is required is the cure.

Medicinal Water

Just like medicine, our sin has a treatment to make us better; to make us right before God. Jesus is medicinal water for our soul. Christ is often referred to as the Great Physician—and for good reason.

In Luke 5:31-32, Jesus tells us that “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” However, Jesus isn’t just the doctor, He is the cure. It is only through Christ that hope, salvation, and wellness can be found. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is living water, available to make us well, whole, and blameless before a God whom we have offended by our sin.

Through Jesus’s death on the cross, and resurrection from the dead, we can find salvation. In believing in Him we can find rest. Through trusting in Him we can find healing. By His grace we have a treatment.

Through His blood we have a cure.

Until next Monday, αντιο σας.

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