Summary: Christ has given us the opportunity to administer a life saving cure to a terminal virus; are we spreading the cure? Either we do or do not.
The Present Situation:
Imagine for a moment that you are a physician; not just any physician but one of the foremost in all of medical history. Through some of your research you stumble upon a previously undiscovered virus. After further study you find out that this virus has infected 100% of the human population. You stand shocked as you realize that every man, woman, baby, and child has been infected by this virus.
Even more disturbing is that you realize that this disease is 100% fatal! Your heart begins to shudder as you realize that even you sit here at this very moment with this disease infested into your body. Family, friends, loved ones-everyone near and dear to you is infected. As you continue to study you realize that the symptoms can be very different from person to person. Sometimes the symptoms are barely recognizable, but nevertheless, although different throughout cultures or locations, the disease is still a killer.
You realize what you must do now. You cannot divulge this information to the world without having some kind of ¡§Good News¡¨ of a cure. So you begin an exhaustive world of research to find one. Finally, after much work you find what you believe to be a cure. Nervously and apprehensively you try the cure on yourself. Eureka! It works!
So you tell yourself that you must pass this information onto the world. You schedule a press conference to tell all of your colleagues about your recent discovery. In all you invite about 150 people, ranging from professors, to colleagues, to even your family and friends. To your amazement, however, when the day comes for the press conference only about 15 people arrive.
Word has somehow gotten out of you and your mystery virus and unfortunately people have begun to belittle you and question your credentials. A virus that has affected 100% of the world¡¦s population doesn¡¦t sound real. Nevertheless, you present your findings to the conference and people even begin to walk out halfway through your talk. It seems as if everyone takes you for a joke.
You leave the conference and return to your hotel room dismayed and saddened for the world that has cast you out. But there is a knock at your door¡Xit is a team of three physicians you previously taught who believe you and ask to receive your cure. They, too , are cured and you have hope. You resolve to spend the rest of your life talking to others and personally trying to spread the cure through yourself and those whom you administer the cure to¡Xperhaps you cannot reach everyone, but you can reach many!
Our Present State:
Does this story remind you of anything? In the Book of Genesis we learn of this sickness that has invaded each and every person to be born upon this earth¡Xits name is sin. In some people we are quick to say that it is very noticeable, but in others it¡¦s so subtle and incognito that we cannot tell. Many people do not even know that they infected with sin, even though they may recognize the symptoms, and know that their conduct is not as it should be. The disease called sin has infected every human being upon this earth regardless of location, sex, or anything, and it claims everyday. If left untreated, sin becomes a terminal illness with the consequences being death and eternal separation from God.