For the wages of sin is death. – Romans 6:23
John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Cancer is one of the great scourges of the modern world. Approximately 38.4% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes (based on 2013–2015 data, https://www.cancer.gov/). Every year, 1 out of 6 people that die, die from cancer (https://ourworldindata.org/what-does-the-world-die-from).
A new breakthrough in cancer research provides hope for a universal cancer treatment. British scientists say they have found a class of immune cells that could one day be used as a “one-size-fits-all” therapy for most cancers. This cutting-edge treatment involves T-cell immunotherapies. Immune cells are harvested from the patient, genetically modified to search, and destroy cancer. They are reproduced in vast quantities in a lab, and then returned to the patient’s bloodstream.
It was somewhat of a serendipitous discovery. While examining human blood for immune cells that could fight bacteria, researchers at Cardiff University came across a T-cell with a new type of receptor. These receptors are proteins which let the immune cells “see” and recognize cancers at the chemical level. Tests revealed that these special T-cells can identify and kill cancers of the lung, skin, blood, colon, breast, bone, prostate, ovaries, kidney, and cervix. (The Week, February 07, 2020).
The problem of human sin poses a challenge similar to cancer. Because of sin, the death rate for people is as high as it could possibly be: 100%.
Before the Father created Eve, He created Adam and placed him in the garden of Eden. The Father then issued an ominous warning.
16 But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden,
17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
Well you know the rest of the story, the Father created Eve and placed her in the garden with Adam. Both of them ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As a result, universal sin was introduced into the human race. And people have been dying ever since.
Modern science will never find a cure for sin no matter how many dollars are put into research. No man-made solutions will ever be found. However, the Father in His grace and mercy has already provided a universal sin treatment.
REFLECT & PRAY
The Lord Jesus Christ has provided a “one-size-fits-all” cure for sin.
Father thank You that You loved us enough to send Your Son to die for us that we might be forgiven and have eternal life.
During their time in the wilderness, the children of Israel were a cantankerous bunch. They were never happy wandering around in circles for almost 40 years. They often complained and griped. If it were possible to provoke the Lord God Almighty, the Father of all, they managed to do it. The story is told in Numbers 21. It would be a bit humorous if it were not so tragic.
But in essence the Father said, “So you’re not happy being alive wandering around in the wilderness? You are tired of whining, being uncomfortable, eating only manna and having little water? I have a permanent solution: death.”
The Father sent poisonous snakes into the camp. Many people were bitten and began to die. They now had a much bigger problem than just being uncomfortable and eating boring manna. They quickly recognized the error of their ways and repented of their sins. They sought out Moses for help. He prayed to the Father. The Father provided a universal treatment for snake venom. It was truly “one-size-fits-all.”
Moses made a replica of one of the serpents out of bronze and placed it on a pole. The bronze serpent was then put in the middle of the camp. Moses told the people who were bitten how to be healed. All they had to do was look in the direction of the bronze serpent
4 Then the people of Israel grew impatient with the long journey,
5 and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!”
6 So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many were bitten and died.
7 Then the people came to Moses and cried out, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take away the snakes.” So Moses prayed for the people.
8 Then the LORD told him, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!”
9 So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake and be healed!
The Father provided a universal solution for the venomous poison. This was intended to be an object lesson that was not understood for 1500 years. But the Lord Jesus Christ explained that just as the Father had provided a universal treatment for snake poison, He was about to provide a universal treatment for sin.
14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
All anyone has to do to be healed from the curse of sin, is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Their sin will be forgiven. The possibility of eternal death will be removed, and they will be given eternal life.