Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Cure is Christ

I have been privileged for years now to have an open door to preach the gospel at a local juvenile detention center.  Many times I have equated the good news of the gospel of Christ to a cancer patient who has learned their cancer is all gone.  The only reason this is good news is because of the bad news in which a person has discovered they have cancer.  Cancer is the bad news but the good news is being cleared of the cancer.  This is like the good news of the gospel which is only good news if we know the bad news about our sinful condition.  While using this illustration I must admit I have never interacted with someone on a regular basis who has cancer.  Recently that has become a reality in my life.  As I have interacted with this person I have seen how the comparisons to the gospel have become clearer.  

The bad news is bad news.  Cancer is real.  Cancer is deadly.  Sin is real and sin is deadly.  The Bible says, "The wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23).  We cannot deny these realities.  We tend to have a mindset that ignorance is bliss.  That is not the case when life and death are on the line.  Before a person is diagnosed with cancer life is normal.  Go to work, spend time with family, enjoy the weekend and so on.  Life is good.  But when the doctor calls and the diagnosis is not something we can place a band-aid over but rather a reality that something tragic now involves you, life changes.  What seems to be normal changes.  The bad news leaves us searching for a glimmer of good news.  Good news is the remedy or the cure to the bad news.

As time goes on and doctors appointments have occurred, I have been able to interact with this person who is trying to learn about this bad news.  Stay strong seems to be the best encouragement given out but staying strong doesn't change the reality.  What is needed is a remedy.  A cure.  A cure is what ultimately brings good news that overpowers the bad news.  The person who understands the bad news is always looking for a bit of good news.  Our sin condition is bad news.  "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23).  "Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned" (Rom. 5:12).  This sin disease is not just for certain people.  This disease has effected all of humanity.  This is bad news for the entire human race.  Sin is a rebellion against God.  As our Creator, he has told us how to live and what will be best for us.  Sinfully we have determined that God does not ultimately know what is best.  We have turned away from his gracious commands in order to run down our sinfully desired path.  The Bible describes us as sheep that have gone astray (1 Peter 2:25).  This is a painful truth about humanity.  It is bad news.

But unlike cancer a remedy is offered for the sin curse upon all humanity.  Cancer is potentially never gone.  You may be cleared of cancer but there is the potential of its return.  The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that our sins can be removed forever.  Christ is the cure.  He is the remedy.  The Bible says, "As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:12).  How far is the east is from the west?  Infinite.  He removes our sins infinitely.  How are they gone?  They are gone because they have been placed on Christ when he was crucified in the place of sinners.  This is why Paul writes to the Corinthians, "And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.  For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified" (1 Cor. 2:1-2).  Why Paul?  Lofty speech and wisdom without Christ crucified leaves people dead in their sins.  We, like Paul, need to make sure we proclaim the remedy.  

The remedy of the glorious Christ is offered to all who will repent of their sin and place their trust in Christ as Savior and Lord.  "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved" (Rom. 10:9-10).  This remedy comes at the cost of the Son of God dying undeservedly in our place.  This remedy is offered as a gift to all.  This gift is given to all who will repent and believe.  This gift is the cure all humanity needs.  It is more then a glimmer of hope offered to death ridden people.  It is the only hope of life offered to death ridden people.  My prayer is that you will see your sinful condition and place your trust in the all glorious Savior.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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