Prescriptions from doctors are a regular part of life for many people. Medicines can often improve quality of life and we have much to be thankful for in the twenty-first century. But while some people depend heavily on medicines, many others do not need any medication at all.
However there is one prescription that everyone needs, because there is one problem we all have and despite what modern medicine can do, life eventually comes to an end.
What would you say is your biggest problem? Your health, bank balance, or a relationship maybe? Having read the Bible many times, I am convinced our greatest problem is what the Bible calls ‘sin’.
The Bible tells us that God made a perfect world for mankind to enjoy. However all changed when sin / wrong doing came into the world. This not only left us with the desire to do what is wrong but also brought sickness, pain and death. The problem we all have now is not just that we will die, but also that we are guilty before God and the Bible tells us that one day there will be a judgement.
We don’t like the idea that we are sinners or guilty as we like to see ourselves as good people, and ‘surely there are lots of people much worse than me!’
However God’s standard is perfection and even one lie makes us guilty in His eyes. But there is good news!
God has not left mankind to the consequences of sin. Jesus who was sinless became a substitute for those guilty of wrong doing before God. He made it possible to be forgiven.
However forgiveness is not automatic. We are to agree with God that we are sinners and Jesus tells us that whoever puts their faith in Him will receive God’s gift of salvation. This means putting your confidence in Jesus and what he achieved by his death on the cross, not in anyone or anything else.
IF you were diagnosed with a terminal illness and the doctor told you that there was a lifesaving medicine available, what would you do? You could choose not to believe the doctor and ignore the medicine or you could believe him, take the medicine and save your life.
Likewise with God’s prescription for our sin. What will you do?
Romans 3:23, 5:12, Hebrews 9:27, John 3:16
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