QUARANTINE                                                                          by Steve Stone

   

In recent years, we have witnessed incredible scientific and technological advances in the field of medicine.  This is all very encouraging, however we still live under the threat of diseases that could potentially spread into worldwide epidemics.  The recent attack of the ebola virus has already caused much death and suffering.  The necessity to isolate those who have been infected is our number one priority in preventing this disease from spiraling out of control.

 No one "wants" to isolate people, but it must be done.  In just the same way, mankind has contracted a spiritual sickness that must also ultimately be isolated, or quarantined.   The sickness of sin has, in fact, infected every human being on the planet.  But in case you have not heard, there IS a cure for this fatal illness.  The death of Jesus Christ on a cross in Jerusalem, two thousand years ago, provides a means for all of us to escape the catastrophic effects of sin, which is spiritual death and eternity in hell.

The problem is, sin is very different from the ebola virus.  There is pleasure in sin.  In fact, mankind has grown very fond of sin and many actually have no desire to be cured whatsoever.  But sin is the cause of all the heartache we see in our world every day, and there is much to see.  Every day we see greed and lust for power and pleasure, as well as  theft and murder, rape, human enslavement, and on and on it goes.   But for those who, by faith in Christ,  have discovered that God has provided  the power to turn from sin and be transformed by the Holy Spirit,  new life IS available!  Sin has indeed infected all of us, but Christ has died to set us all free - if only we are willing.

If not, God has no choice but to quarantine those souls to a place where they cannot infect others.  Heaven is open for ANY and ALL to enjoy God's loving presence for eternity.  But sometime during our stay on this earth, we must each choose to be cured.   The door to heaven is wide open, but we must choose, by faith, to step in.

   

LIFE IS SHORT, DEATH IS SURE; SIN IS THE CAUSE, CHRIST IS THE CURE!

 (phrase borrowed, with permission, from RISEN SON OUTREACH MINISTRIES)

   

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