Friday, February 5, 2021

Pastor's Ponderings, February 5, 2021

Let Us Take Jesus, The Vaccination Against Sin

Very recently I received my first vaccination to reduce my chances of having COVID-19.  Those facilitating the process were very helpful and my vaccinator even offered to say a countdown to prepare me for the shot.  Because of the various vaccines, consistent mask wearing, social distancing and avoiding crowds, the world may finally see a ray of hope against this dreaded disease. However, as I left the facility , I began thinking of another vaccination we all need.


Wikipedia says that a vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. The goal of taking a vaccination is to prevent the result of the disease which can lead to permanent health problems or death. Vaccines are important for our physical health, but we can also use a vaccine for our spiritual health. 


The end result of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Because God loved the world, He offered His Son Jesus. He was born and gave His body to destroy what the devil was doing to hurt us (1 John 3:8). Jesus stepped in as our “vaccine” to prevent death from being our only option to pay the price for our sins.


We all came into the world with a tendency to disobey the rules.  We all want to get others before they get us rather than following the Golden Rule found in most religions and cultures.  That Rule is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matthew 7:12).  


The Bible says that there are three things that the world offers: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). In other words, we are a proud bunch driven by our own pleasures and looking for something else to crave.  But Jesus wanted to come into the world to free us from our rebellious nature (Galatians 1:3-4).  While living lives to suit ourselves leads towards a downward path, Jesus said that He came to give us an abundant life (John 10:10).  


Jesus is that answer that we have always been looking for to deliver us from a life in rebellion against God.  He wants us to return to be in harmony with God and He offered His life as the remedy for our inherent disobedience (John 3:16). Jesus wants us all to take Himself as the vaccination against sin. All we have to do is turn from the ways that please us, decide to believe in Him and openly declare that we are following Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).


We have to make the personal decision whether or not we will receive the COVID-19 vaccine and follow the Center For Disease Control guidelines for ourselves and our family.  While this decision is very important, what is most important is that we choose Jesus as our personal savior to deliver us from this evil world.   Jesus wants to be our protector, close relative, comforter, friend, and the One who joyfully welcomes us into eternity. Don’t forget to receive Jesus today.


Romans 6:23

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23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


1 John 3:8

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The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.


Matthew 7:12

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12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.


1 John 2:16

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16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.


Galatians 1:3-4

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3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 
4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,


John 10:10

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10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.


John 3:16

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16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Romans 10:9-10

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9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 

10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.






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