In the brilliant 2007 movie ‘I Am Legend,’ Will Smith plays a Virologist in New York City trying to save mankind. A virus developed to cure cancer has instead wiped out 99% of the world’s population.
He alone is immune; the only other inhabitants have been turned into terrifying rage-filled nocturnal mutants. The movie is edge-of-your-seat thrilling and frightening in equal measures. I highly recommend it!
We all – each and every one of us – suffer from a disease. This disease will also kill all of humanity. There are no exceptions; this disease is cruel. Even Will Smith’s character won’t be able to find a cure.
Humans have been trying to find a cure since the beginning of time. All have failed. All will fail.
What is this disease that is killing us without mercy?
It goes by that dreadful name of ‘Sin.’ We are infected with this virus at conception, and can never shake it off. Paul begins Ephesians chapter 2 telling us about it.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked… and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind” [see Eph 2:1-3].
Not only will sin kill us physically; it has already killed us spiritually. It has put us under the curse of God, and it subjects us to the wrath of God.
And there is nothing we can do about it.
How can a dead man make himself alive? How can a sinful woman make up for her past sins, her present ones, her future ones?
“But God…” Paul continues in verse 4. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—” [Eph 2:4-5].
Ah, thank God, there is a cure! The cure is found in the ‘Pharmacy of heaven.’ The great love of God revealed through the blood of Christ spilled at the cross is the cure for all that ails us.
When this remedy is applied to us, we are delivered from sin and death.
Did you notice that those verses are in the past tense? “You were dead… in which you once walked… you were children of wrath…”
This past tense doesn’t apply to everyone though. This letter is addressed to “… the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus…” [Eph 1:1].
Only those who have put their trust in Christ Jesus can speak in the past tense about this disease. For only those who have put their trust in Christ have the cure.
God’s cure works, works unfailingly, and works for all eternity. If you’ve never received this cure, turn to the Great Physician now for it. He is faithful to cure all who come to Him.