It seems like every day the news reports that there is a new lead on a cure and/or vaccine for this novel coronavirus. Scientists from all over the world are rushing to discover some type of treatment or another – finding a combination of existing drugs, the development a new vaccine, the creation of an entirely innovative medicine, etc. There has even been some encouraging results from extracting antibodies from the blood of cured patients.
But what if the cure was found in the blood of only one person? And what if the cure required that person to sacrifice all of their blood? And what if that person was you? Do you think you would be able to give your life so that others might be saved? Would you be willing to abandon all of your future hopes and dreams? Would you be at peace with never again eating your favorite meal, reading future books from your favorite author, or listening to your favorite song? Would it be possible for you to say goodbye to your loved ones?
Today, on Good Friday, we Christians remember that approximately two-thousand years ago Jesus chose to make that sacrifice for the world. Only His blood didn’t simply cure a virus, it provided an antidote to sin. In fact, Christ’s sacrifice makes it possible for all of humanity to triumph over death itself. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). May we all place our belief in Jesus and may we all accept the gift of life He died to give us!