Illnesses and diseases continue to plague our world on a daily basis. It is because of our exposure to various carcinogens within our environment, and even familial genetics that certain health risks are apart of the human experience. In the event that you or I should fall ill or even experience a physical injury, our first inclination is to seek medical assistance. This can be done by seeing your primary care physician, visiting the hospital in an emergency, or treating your own illness with prescribed medication. There are various remedies available which are designed to alleviate symptoms and cure our body of just about any disease.
However, there is also a disease that affects our lives as well, and that is sin. Jesus Christ who died and rose again, He was and is the remedy for the sin that plagues humanity. In Isaiah 53:5 it says the following:
(NIV) “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
This short scripture was given as a prophecy by the prophet Isaiah. He was one of the prophets in the Old Testament who prophesied of Jesus Christ’s 1st coming or the 1st Advent. It is clear that the prophet Isaiah foresaw the coming and even the death of Jesus Christ. In verse 3, he speaks towards a future event which was the crucifixion of Christ. By examining this verse, there is a phrase that should be extracted, which is “by his wounds we are healed.”
It is common to look at this phrase and associate it with physical healing because to the reader it may suggest that because of Christ’s wounds and sacrifice, any disease we have can be healed. However, that is not what the prophet Isaiah meant when he gave this statement. In this context, to be healed means that our sins are purged because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
You can think of sin as a disease. It is like an illness that does damage over the length of its existence in one’s life. Like a disease that affects a person’s body, it is the sin that we participate in that can and often causes our lives to spiral out of control. In Romans 1, the Apostle Paul refers to the godlessness that occurred during his time, which is also applicable to today.
In Romans 1 verses 24-25 says:
(NIV) “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.”
Verse 28 says:
(NIV) “Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.”
What Paul says in this scripture, points to the sinful society that he had witnessed, which is what can be seen throughout our world today. In that passage, Paul gives a description of what occurs when sin takes root within our lives. It says that God gave them (those he witnessed in the godless society) over to a depraved mind because they were insistent upon their sinfulness. That is exactly what we see happening in America and around the world.
Since sin is essentially a disease, it has side effects. For example, if someone has a stomach virus, then one of the major side effects is that of vomiting. That is because the body is responding to the foreign agent or virus that has invaded. The same can be seen when we sin. Sin is what causes a destruction of life, and a deterioration of our spiritual health. For example, in America we are constantly seeing examples of what sin does to a society.
There has become so much confusion regarding one’s own gender and even racial identity with the latest news reports of Bruce Jenner (now using the name “Caitlyn”) and Rachel Dolezal (a Caucasian woman) who identifies with being African American. These two examples which were made public spectacles in recent times are examples of individuals who are confused because of their spiritual state. Basically, anyone who is not in Christ is prone to be confused as to who they truly are.
Even if one does not suffer from an identity crisis in these respects, one who does not know Jesus in a relationship, is open to accepting what the world has set as their identity. However, such behaviors including a whole host of other negative behaviors are a result of living in sin. Our lives were meant to glorify God in holiness, and in obedience. As a result, we experience stability both mentally and spiritually. However, when we are renegades or unrepentant then our lives suffer from the disease which is that of sin.
However, the great news is that there is a remedy. Just as there are natural and even medicinal remedies that can be used to cure various diseases, there is a remedy to cure sin. Jesus Christ is the one who can cure us of the negative consequences of our sin. Romans 8:1 says, (NIV) “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,”.
This means that if we are in Christ, we are no longer condemned or bound to our sinful nature. The negative consequences of our sin are washed away by the blood of Jesus. However, the effects of our sin being null & void are based on our willingness to repent and turn to God in obedience. The reason why so many experience upheavals in their lives is because they have chosen not to seek the Lord for spiritual healing and repentance.
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life – but he is waiting for us to accept His sacrifice. The remedy for your soul is Jesus. He is the one who not only bandages any wounds, but he cleanses them by purifying our lives through the Holy Spirit. Sinfulness is what separates us from having a perfect relationship with God the Father. In our sin, we cannot know God but in repentance and active obedience through Christ, we are made whole.
The violence and various tragedies that occur throughout our world are a result of the end times that we live in. However, it is also a result of nations and the people within them that are unrepentant. America as a whole continues to see tragedy after tragedy in part, because of various laws and sinful behaviors that have become “acceptable”. If any nation decides that it will reject God’s decrees, then it will pay a heavy price.
However, Jesus Christ died and rose again so that no one would have to pay that price. He can spare you from the tragedies and negative consequences of sin if you follow Him. He is the ultimate remedy for all that ails humanity. Seek the Lord through Jesus Christ, repent, and allow the Holy Spirit to do the work in you. Jesus is the healer of your soul. Accept His sacrifice, and be reconciled unto God.