Looking for the Cure . . .
Looking for the Cure . . .
For over 2,000 years, people have been looking for the cure for human miseries. Six hundred years before Christ, Jeremiah, the prophet, asked, "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? So why has the healing of my dear people not come about?" Jeremiah 8:22 (HCSB)
When Jesus began His earthly ministry nearly 2,000 years ago, why didn't He wipe out human misery then? According to the record, He gave sight to three blind men . . . why not eliminate blindness? He touched cripples and they walked, made the deaf to hear, the dumb to speak . . . why not do this for all cripples, all who are deaf or dumb? He healed sickness . . . why not rid the world of disease? He fed thousands with a few scraps of food . . . why not eliminate hunger entirely? The record says He brought three people back to life . . . why not cancel out death completely? This is the kind of question asked about Jesus when His friend, Lazarus, had died: "Couldn't He who opened the blind man's eyes also have kept this man from dying?" John 11:37b (HCSB)
Had Jesus reached the limit of His power? Or, did He become indifferent finally? Did He just lose interest in people's needs? Why didn't He stay alive . . . eliminate sickness, poverty, death, misery . . . in His generation and permanently?
Why? Because He was the Great Physician! He knew people's miseries are symptoms. He knew the disease itself was sin, and the only cure for sin was the shedding of blood. ". . . without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." Hebrews 9:22b (HCSB) Jesus' mission was the cross. His cure for the disease was the sacrifice of His own blood (the only human whose blood was completely sinless). He was born to be crucified.
Jesus could have dealt only with the symptoms . . . generation-after-generation, ad infinitum, but so what?
He came to cure the disease of sin altogether, to eliminate the virus, so people would no longer be infected by it! He did precisely that! That is the whole point of His birth, life, teaching, death, and resurrection. He is God's once-for-all cure for people's deepest needs.
Obviously, a cure will not work unless people take it. It's somewhat pathetic to see people still preoccupied with symptoms, still trying to solve their sociological problems while they ignore the affliction that produced them.
"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29b (KJV)
Andrew (Andy) Johnson
Senior-Adult Pastor, Emeritus -- First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana
Fighter Pilot, U. S. Marine Corps (1952-66, Ret.); Chaplain, U. S. Navy (1969-90, Ret.)
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