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Sin & Measles: A Danger, Even When Eradicated

measlesThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has declared: “Endemic measles has been eliminated from the Americas.” Becoming measles free is an “extraordinary milestone,” according to Carissa Etienne, the director of PAHO. A region is considered to be free of a disease when there have been no reported cases within 3 years.

So the good news is: the Americas are considered “disease free” of measles. After three years of intense efforts and no news of measles, we have greater than 95% eradication. The bad news is: we have to remain vigilant against…you guessed it… more measles.

Wait, what? That doesn’t seem to make sense. If we have eliminated the problem, if vaccinations have worked, then why remain vigilant? Because, according to Susan Reef of the CDC, a new batch of measles is “just a plane ride away” from being reintroduced into the population. You see, even when you wipe out a disease, you have to remain vigilant against resurgence.

The Bible teaches us that our salvation includes a similar principle. Jesus died for our sins (Romans 4:25). He paid the price once and for all (1 Peter 3:18). His sacrifice is sufficient and there is not another one coming (Hebrews 10:25).

But that isn’t the end of the story. We have to remain vigilant. Just as God told Cain, “if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:7).

When baptized, we are buried into the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:4). We receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). We receive the forgiveness of sin (Acts 22:16). His blood sufficiently eradicates the consequences of our sins.

But that isn’t the end. Baptism is a necessity, but baptism is only a beginning. We must continue to “walk in the light” that we might continue to be purified “from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

Unfortunately, we lack perfect vigilance. But if we remain in Him, He is “faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). One day, in Heaven, where there is no more death, pain, or sin, we will truly say: “eradicated”…forever.

Have you Been Exposed? It Spreads More Easily Than You Thought!

Ebola

The Ebola virus has everyone scared these days. Just what is it? Is there a cure? How do we stop it? As Dallas, TX becomes a city on edge, people everywhere want to know: How does it really spread?

Up until now, health officials have said that Ebola spreads through physical contact or bodily fluids only. But many health workers and scientists are now saying that those statements might have been premature. Ebola might travel through the air too!

For example, recently, Tribune News Service quoted Dr. C.J. Peters (who “led the CDC’s most far-reaching study of Ebola’s transmission in humans”) as saying that there is a possibility that Ebola spreads through air. “We just don’t have the data to exclude it,” said Peters. Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the CDC in Atlanta, agrees that the spread through coughing or sneezing can’t be ruled out.

The bottom line is: the disease might spread more easily than we knew. This happens all the time though. Scientists think they know how a disease spreads and then find out it is worse than they thought. Perhaps it happens in the church too. Are you aware that you might have been exposed to a far deadlier disease?

The Bible warned us a long time ago about a far more deadly disease that spreads easily through entire cultures. It began all the way back in Genesis. God told Adam & Eve, “You shall surely die,” but Satan said, “You shall surely not die” (Genesis 2:17; 3:4). The disease is sin, and it is the cause of our physical and spiritual deaths (Romans 6:23).

For far too long, people have felt immune because God has not caused physical, immediate death like an Ebola virus does. But as Peter reminded us, God is not slow in bringing punishment, but is patient, wanting us to repent of our sins (2 Peter 3:9).

Sin is a deadly disease. And it spreads more easily that you thought. Have you been exposed to the virus? Are you infected? Did you think you were immune? There is only one cure for sin: the forgiving blood of Jesus. Come to know Him today. Jesus gives us victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:57)!