Infected: The Need For A Cure
Tonight, I will be speaking to 160 junior high and high school students on the depravity of the human condition and the reality of original sin that leaves each of us with an incurable infection. We are all terminal: in both the physical and spiritual sense. Our physical death is surely imminent (none of us are Enoch or Elijah). No amount of airbags, chemotherapy, exercise or kombucha will save us.
Yet, for our very spirits, there is a cure. This curse that affects us each waking moment, relentlessly attacking us with barrage after barrage polluting our minds, hearts, and souls is effortlessly cast down& vaporized by a great God who meets us with such grace, mercy, & wonder:
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. – Romans 3:22-24
Oh, how we are in need of this cure. We are depraved and we embrace our depravity like an old friend. We are blind to the consequences and the enemy leads us away like sheep to be slaughtered. We follow any voice that speaks looking for a satisfaction or purpose. Yet for the sheep, there remains a shepherd whose voice is able to drown out all others.
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly… I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
– John 10:9-10, 14-15
This cure is more than just an antidote or antivenom. It is not simply a serum that us sheep merely drink or inject and go on with our lives. It is a life giver. For the sheep the only life worth living is with the shepherd and for mankind, the only abundant life worth knowing is found through belief in Jesus Christ. For those of you who have come to terms with this absolute truth, God has made you right in his sight and death will never touch your soul. Yet there remain many who are dead and many sheep who know no loving voice.
If at this moment an instant cure for AIDS, cancer, addiction, heart disease or depression existed, pharmaceuticals everywhere would do whatever it took to supply it so that humans could live another twenty to eighty years. Yet the good news we bear is more than simply news. It is a cure: a life-altering, life-changing, life-giving cure. So we must ask ourselves. Do we view it as such? So valuable that we cannot go a day without providing it to those who are in need? Or do we hoard it keeping it for ourselves? May each of us not go one day without the power of the life-giving Gospel burning in our hearts allowing us to yearn for those who are dead and to display that God longs for all nations to become His people. We have an eternal cure and this world needs to know His name.