Have you heard? It’s flu season. And this year. This year the flu is bad. People are dying. Children. Moms. Old people. It can strike anyone at any time. Oh. There are warnings. Wash your hands. Get the flu shot. Stay home if you’re sick. But not everyone heeds the warnings.
This is the worst flu season in almost a decade. It’s not an epidemic. But almost. That’s what they say. Oh. There have been other illnesses and plagues that have been worse. Much worse. But it seems when the dying season is upon us it feels worse than ever. And it’s not even peak flu season yet. Medical experts are predicting this to be the worst flu season in history. It’s being compared to a plague of locusts devastating crops from coast to coast. This flu is called H3N2.
Swine Flu. Polio. AIDS. Smallpox. Bubonic Plague. Spanish Flu. Tuberculosis. Malaria. Cholera. Ebola.
Some of these diseases have been eradicated. Some are now treatable. All are to be avoided. Each one has wreaked havoc across many nations and homes. There have been casualties. There have been survivors. All have a story to tell.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
There is another disease that’s wreaking havoc all over the world. Oh. I dare to call it an epidemic. Some don’t want to give it a name. Others call the name to its face. This disease has many and various symptoms. It can seem to be in remission and then return. It can be eradicated once and for all. If treated properly.
The thing is. Everyone is born with this disease. It shows its face early in life. One never knows when it will become full blown. It’s different for everyone. But it will erupt. It will cause death. It must be treated.
Some have symptoms of rebellion. Others are prone to lying. Or stealing. Or cheating. Stubbornness. Gluttony. Unfaithfulness. Murder. Worshiping false gods. Disobedience. The list goes on.
Here’s the thing. Each symptom has the same underlying cause. And each symptom has the same cure. There are differences in every case. It depends on how long and how deeply rooted the disease has been working. It’s an internal disease with both internal and external consequences. Some consequences come at a huge cost. Others aren’t so public. They both lead to the same death. If the cure isn’t applied.
Some take to the cure more easily than others. Some fight it. And they fight it hard. Sometimes their entire life. Until it’s too late. And they miss out on the cure of a lifetime. Those who accept the cure must be diligent about the continual battle. The disease can recur. If it does, it can be even harder to eliminate. But it’s always possible to beat this disease. Always.
The cure. It’s very personal. It’s free. And it’s immediate. It’s always available. This pharmacy is never closed. It isn’t to be taken lightly. It’s a private act. Once the cure is applied, the patient is encouraged to share it with others who have the disease. It’s that treatable.
The disease. Sin. The cure. Salvation.