As doctors are in the business of dealing with the sick, pastors are in the business of dealing with sin. We both see some gross stuff. Twenty yearsago I remember thinking I could no longer be shocked by human depravity; I was seriously underestimating the creativity of sinners. I’m always learning about some new physical disease or malady that I had never heard of before, and I usually think, “I don’t even want to know about that; it’s just one more thing to worry about.” This year (indeed, this week), sinners unveiled new expressions of their sinfulness. Sin is the true pandemic of the world, and there’s no place of quarantine.

All around us sinners are sick and dying. You can hear their coughs and the moans. They share their needles. We all live on these mean streets, wondering what’s going on just around the corner. The 911 calls come randomly (often in clusters): “Help!, Help!” The emergency room is frequently overflowing and we’re doing triage as fast as we can while still tending to the minor scrapes and cuts. At times, it can be overwhelming.

It is, therefore, essential that we remember the Great Physician who has given us the remedy for sinners―the only remedy―the only Good News! Otherwise, the bad news would crush us all. Sin is the problem―it accounts for all the problems―and there’s only one hope; one cure for sin. Our rebellion against a holy God has sent us all into ruin but He has moved to redeem us:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.                                                                                                                            ―2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Thank You Lord, for saving my soul!