At our DML Christmas gathering, my colleague, Dr. Phil Walker, shared an analogy of Jesus to the COVID-19 virus.
He shared that we all have the deadly virus of sin. There is not one person who has not been infected. As a result of this infection, we were not able to be in the presence of a Holy and uninfected God.
Prior to the vaccine, there were plenty of rules to follow in order to stay in fellowship with God the Father. The rules were not pleasant or easy, but they were necessary. Some followed with dedication, others did not.
But then Jesus came as a vaccine. The vaccine was released so that we no longer had to keep all of the rules from before, like wearing a mask, social distancing, and limiting gatherings. We still have the virus but because of the vaccine, we are set free to live a life of flourishing and of abundance.
Not all of us will take the vaccine. Some will dispute whether it is effective or proven. Some will believe that the side-effects make it not worth taking. Some will continue to follow the rules and deny the existence of the vaccine.
And some will take the vaccine and then live life, forgetting to tell others about the vaccine. They will see people wearing masks, struggling with loneliness because of social distancing, but not bring up the opportunity and the freedom found in the vaccine.
For this Christmas, the analogy between COVID and sin speaks loudly to me. I am so thankful for the gift of Jesus and the ability to lead a life of abundant flourishing, despite problems around me. I am thankful for being set free from the tyranny of sin, and for the continued forgiveness, mercy, and grace that I receive on a daily basis as I strive to be more like Jesus. I pray for this freedom and joy for those around me and am committed to sharing this good news!
May God bless you during this Christmas season, as you celebrate your vaccine as well.
[Please note that this blog is not talking about COVID behaviors or the COVID vaccine. It is only talking about the virus of sin and the vaccine of Jesus. I strongly believe we need to love our neighbor by doing all we can to protect each other during this time of the COVID virus!]