“God is love.” 34 Humans were designed to love and be loved! Jesus confirmed this: “Love God … and love your neighbor as you love yourself.” 35
Observe the Middle East today! Obviously, humankind is NOT loving! The Manual renders this diagnosis: “Everyone sins! Everyone falls short of God’s glorious design!” 36 The virus of sin has caused a major malfunction in the human spirit so that we “fall short” of loving God, others and self. We’re dis-eased and the disease is deadly! “We were dead because of our sins….” 37 Like the UNplugged solid gold lamp we exist but are unable to fulfill our destiny!
Though our prognosis is bleak, we’re not hopeless! Father has a medicine to cure our dis-ease.
Blood is red in appearance; yet it contains white blood cells. When your body is under a viral assault, white blood cells attack the virus. However, in gaining victory they die. Healing is won via death!
Father’s medicine is similiar. Jesus died to destroy the virus of sin! “Jesus was handed over to die because of our sins.” 38 Our healing was accomplished through his death. “We are healed by the wounds he suffered, made whole by the blows he received.” 39
Father’s medicine is called Grace: God’s Restoration At Christ Expense! “We are saved (the meaning of this word is “made whole”) by grace….” The old hymn calls it “amazing.” Why? Whereas grace is extremely costly (“You were rescued by the precious blood of Christ” 40), yet, it’s “a gift from God”!
How does one obtain the Medicine Of Life? Jesus said, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.” 41
Have you been to the Doctor yet?