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What if There Were a Cure for Ebola?
By Pastor Stuppy

Church sponsors2 24apr14Church message imageWhat are the most deadly diseases stalking the land today? Not long ago the disease most feared was AIDS. Getting AIDS was a death sentence. While a cure for this disease may be close at hand, it is still a disease to be feared. After that we faced threats like mad cow disease, bird flu, swine flu, and many others. Some were serious and others not.

Such diseases are not new. We've all heard about the bubonic plague of the Middle Ages which is thought to have claimed the lives of 25 million or half of the population of Europe. In 1918 the Spanish Flu took the lives of 50 million worldwide and close to 650,000 in the United States. Many of those infected felt fine in the morning but died by the afternoon.

Back in 2009 we had to deal with the swine flu which took between 8,000 to 18,000 lives in the United States. The threat of bird flu, while a scare, never materialized - at least not yet. Now, we are faced with the lethal threat of a virus called ebola. While not a new virus, its threat to the world is real. One prays that a cure for this deadly disease will be found soon.

Now picture this - somewhere in a laboratory, working with microscopes and test tubes, is a scientist who suddenly discovers a cure for one of these diseases. What would this person do? Such a person would quickly be on radio and TV. Articles would be written in medical journals, magazines and newspapers. And anyone who knew of one who had this disease, would be sure to take them the good news as quickly as they could.

The bad news is that there is a disease which affects more people than any disease in history. It takes more lives. It is always fatal to one hundred percent of people, one hundred percent of the time. It is a genetic problem handed down to us from our parents who got it from theirs. It can be traced back to our first parents, Adam and Eve, who brought sin into the world. The symptoms of this affliction cannot be missed. They include lying, stealing, gossip, adultery, murder, hate, greed, jealousy, sinful pride, just to name a few.

It is disease that is deadly. There is no room for discussion on this one. The Bible clearly states that "the wages of sin is death" and that "all have sinned" (Romans 6:23, Romans 3:23). That's the bad news. Here's the good news. There is a cure. There is something that not only gives us hope but guarantees that we will not only survive but live. Now the question is "How do we get it?" or "How much does it cost?" We know how expensive many cures are today. Surely one that can work such a cure must cost a fortune.

Are you ready for this? It's free. It's a gift from God. Now that does not mean that it's not costly. The price was high. It cost our Lord his life. It was secured by the sinless life of God's Son and paid for when Jesus suffered and died on the cross.

He did it for all; everyone! God declared the world righteous for Jesus' sake. The cure had been found and it's free. Come without money! Come without good works! Come as you are, sick and dying! Come, you who are tired and burdened under the weight of sin Our Lord Jesus invites us all to come to him in faith. The cure is yours! It's free! "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life!"(Romans 6:23).


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