It has been 3 years since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. A pandemic is defined by the CDC as a global outbreak of a disease. It happens when a new virus emerges to infect people and it spreads between people. Because there is no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide. We saw this happen with COVID which radically changed the way we lived, worked, worshipped, and socialized.
Numerous pandemics have occurred throughout history. Unlike other pandemics that affected many, but not all people, the first pandemic infected all mankind. The first pandemic started in the Garden of Eden. It resulted from man’s disobedience against God’s command in Genesis 2:17, not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam’s disobedience ushered the infectious agent of sin into the world. Adam’s sin was passed down throughout the ages and infects every human born in the past, present, and future. The first pandemic is still ongoing. No one escapes sin’s contamination. Galatians 3:22 says, “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin.”
Like COVID, sin affects all areas of our lives. Fortunately, we now have vaccines and boosters that have been developed to help prevent the spread of COVID and minimize the effects for those who get the virus. But no vaccine or booster is 100% effective. There is no human antidote for man’s sin condition.
Prior to salvation, sin separates an individual from God. No one can reconcile themself back to God. But because of God’s infinite love and desire for relationship with man, He provided the one and only means for restored relationship with Him that is 100% effective; it is the free gift of salvation that is made available to all through His Son Jesus Christ. For all who accept the salvation Christ offers, His sacrificial death redeems them from the presence, penalty, and power of sin. Hebrews 7:25 says, “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him.” The word “uttermost” means completeness. Jesus’ salvation is all-inclusive.
God left no stone unturned when it comes to your salvation. The word “uttermost” in Hebrews 7:25 is indicative of the all-encompassing nature of Christ’s salvific work. Christ did not redeem your soul and overlook everything else going on in your life. Jesus redeemed you in every area of your life. His sacrificial death provides healing, deliverance, provision, protection, power, and victory in every area of your life; spiritual, physical, emotional, relational, financial, and otherwise.
God knows where you need healing and deliverance. He is faithful to accomplish it; maybe not in the way or timing you would like, but He is sure to provide just what you need, exactly when you need it.
Hebrews 1:3 says, “When he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”Christ’s seated position at the right hand of God indicates His work in our lives is already completed. God has thought you through to completion in every area of your life. Your responsibility is to cooperate and live through the Lord’s completed work in your life. With Christ as your Savior, you are guaranteed safe passage through the reality of your now. The cross of Christ argues for victory in every area of your life. The empty tomb is evidence of that victory.
Have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson, Rhema Inspirations
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