Jesus Died from Something Worse
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.Romans 6:12–13
He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! A famous declaration repeated all over the world for centuries, especially at Easter. Christ’s resurrection shines more gloriously against the dark backdrop of the infinite despair He endured to pay the penalty of our sin. All of the physical horror of crucifixion pales in comparison to the horror of bearing the wrath of God for your sin.
Corona is seen as a deadly threat and for good reason. It has killed 10s of thousands worldwide. Nations have responded in ways never seen in history; economies have been shuttered and social interaction has been significantly curbed. Who would have ever thought that a virus could stop the god of sport! Has there ever been an Easter like the one just passed?
During this time, the grace and mercy of God is revealing areas of my heart and character that are not submitted to the Spirit. I am grateful for the firm hand of God shining light on the dark places of my character. Consequently, I have been drawn to wonder about the threat of sin vs. coronavirus. Is sin more deadly than Corona; are its effects more subtle and insidious? Do we treat sin with less vigilance than Covid-19?
SIN has a 100% death rate. How are we to respond to such a pandemic? Every person you encounter is under the sentence of death.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
While Corona hijacks your cells to replicate and bring illness, sin hijacks your soul and brings death. You will never meet a person not infected and at great eternal risk.
What would happen in our culture if the church took sin as seriously as we are taking Covid-19? What if we spent more time in God’s word than on Netflix?
11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.Eph 5:11,12, 15
(This is hard) Read Ephesians 5:1-21 and ask God to show you where you are tolerating or embracing sin instead of distancing yourself from it. Where are we comforting ourselves with sin-riddled distraction? Is there truly a threat? Are you wearing your facemask against Covid-19 while unintentionally exposing your family to the soul-killing impact of seemingly harmless sins? Does your heart push against this thought as extreme?
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” Hebrews 12:1-4
John Owen said, “Set faith at work on Christ for the killing of thy sin. His blood is the great sovereign remedy for sin-sick souls. Live in this, and thou wilt die a conqueror; yea, thou wilt, through the good providence of God, live to see thy lust dead at thy feet” (The Mortification of Sin, 79).
Wear your facemasks! Distance yourself from evil! Wash in the water of the Word! Risk being called a fanatic and live in the power and freedom of the Spirit!