Sin. Is it that bad? I mean, why does God care if I lie, cheat, or steal?
Sin starts that way. A little lie here, a guilty pleasure there. It’s not hurting anyone. You have it under control. It’s not a big deal. No one will find out.
As leprosy develops, it damages the nerves. You won’t feel the hot pan burning your hands. So you keep them on it. Blisters soon develop from a loss of the senses.
Sin damages the nerves of our conscience. We used to feel guilty. But after a while, not doing the right thing becomes routine. We lie so much, we start to believe ourselves. The truth becomes a blur.
Left untreated leprosy creates a deformed look. The skin becomes swollen and full of bumps. Fingers and toes shorten, and blindness occurs.
A life of sin deforms the way God created a person to be. It creates a sick and twisted image of the person God created. A life lived in sin for eternity is hell.
Only a cure can heal the disease. That cure met a group of lepers on the border between Galilee and Samaria.
As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.” Luke 17:12-19
A sinner goes about his days in ruins, living with a deformed image and a burned conscience. He has lost his ability to feel. And just as a leper was set apart from the community, a sinner is set apart from the perfect presence of God. There is nothing around but disease.
Yet the love of God compels Him to seek out all who would want to be cured. God comes to the lost, the lepers set apart from Him, and offer the cure. Jesus came to the lepers.
These ten lepers did not want to live in their condition. In the presence of the Lord, they cry out for His mercy. They believe Jesus’ words, and walk off in the direction of the Temple. Along the journey, they discover that God has cured them.
Often times in our wretched condition, we seek the mercy of God. But when He acts, we take it for granted. We want the miracles of God, but nothing more. We take the love and mercy of God for granted.
God does miracles to teach men and women that they need Him in their lives. Only one got the message, and returned back to the source of the cure. Faith drives us to come to Christ and give glory to God. Faith in Christ saves.
Some people want enough of God to fix their problems, and then go away. God doesn’t exist to give us stuff. We exist to know God.
God does miracles to send a message to His creation. He wants us to know that we don’t have to live in the disease of sin. We don’t have to live as a deformed creation. We don’t have to live apart from Him. When we come in humble faith to Christ, He opens the doors of heaven to His peace.
Has the disease of sin caused your life to become cold and callous? Only God can heal you. Come in humble faith to Christ today. He will erase the disease of your past, and give you the peace of a future with Him.
Jason Neil Soto is a writer and managing editor for C|C. He lives with his wife and boys in San Diego, CA. Jason encourages everyone to live a life of faith in Jesus. Contact: Email | Twitter | Facebook | Google+
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