There is much controversy as to the actual origin of this current Covid-19 corona virus pandemic that has the world in its grip at this time. But, finding someone to blame for how it started—or how it has been handled—doesn’t solve the situation. I’m reminded of the scene in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit. When God placed Adam “into the garden to cultivate and keep it, …the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “from any tree of the garden you may freely eat; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for the day that you eat from it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:15-17). Satan, through the serpent (a beautiful creature in its uncursed state) tempted Eve, distorting what God had said and causing doubt about the goodness of God, and Eve, “seeing that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was able to make one wise, she took from the fruit and ate; and she gave to her husband with her and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings” (Gen. 3:6-8).
When God confronted Adam and Eve with their disobedience, Adam said, “The woman You put here with me, she gave me some of the fruit from the tree, and I ate it” (Gen. 3:12). When God confronted Eve, her response was: “The serpent deceived me, and I ate” (v. 13). And thus began the blame game for the outbreak of the worst virus pandemic the world has ever faced—the “sin virus pandemic.” As bad as the Covid-19 pandemic has been, it will only infect a small percentage of the world’s population, whereas the sin virus has infected everyone who has ever been born (or will be born). “Therefore, just as through one man, sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Ro. 5:12). Of the small population of the world that will get the corona virus, only a small percentage of them will die. But, the sin virus which infects all, is also fatal for all. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and “the wages (consequences) of sin is death…” (Ro. 3:23,6:23).
The word “death” in the Bible means “separation.” It includes separation from fellowship with God (which happened immediately for Adam and Eve), separation of soul and spirit from the body (physical death, which ultimately happened to Adam and Eve and will happen to each of us unless the Lord comes to rapture us to heaven before we die…Heb. 9:27 cf I Thes. 4:13-18), and it includes eternal separation from God in hell, which the Bible calls “the second death” (Rev. 20:14). No amount of “social distancing” or isolating ourselves can help us avoid this sin virus anymore than Adam and Eve’s attempts to cover their sin and hide from God were successful. We are each infected with this deadly virus and face inevitable death—physically and spiritually. There is absolutely nothing WE can do to cure ourselves and avoid being separated from God. We can try to be good citizens, to be honest in our business dealings, to be hard workers, and to treat others with kindness and respect (which we should)—but we are still sinners, deserving of death.
But, praise God, He offers a cure for our sin virus and its consequences. God offered Himself as the cure for sin. God the Son became a man, born of the virgin Mary, and did not inherit the sin nature from Adam. He lived a sinless life as the God-man, and then paid the penalty for sin by dying on the cross and incurring the wrath of God on our sin. “He (God the Father) made Him (Jesus Christ) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (II Cor. 5:21). “He Himself bore our sins in His body, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, for by His wounds you were healed (restored spiritually)” (I Pet. 2:24). “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done (all our efforts to be pleasing to God and achieve eternal life)..but according to His mercy…” (Tit. 3:5).
But, just because Jesus “died for all” (II Cor. 5:15) and “tasted death for everyone” (Heb. 2:9), doesn’t automatically cure everyone of sin; it just makes the cure available to all, so that “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Ro. 10:13). Remember that Jesus was hanged on a cross between two thieves who were also being crucified. One of the thieves looked at Jesus and mocked, saying, “Are you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” (Lk. 23:39). The other thief rebuked the first, saying, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong,” (vv. 40,41). Then he looked to Jesus, saying, “Jesus remember me when You come into your kingdom!” (v. 42). “And He (Jesus) said to him, ‘Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in paradise’” (v. 43). The one thief looked at Jesus mockingly, the other looked to Jesus repentantly, acknowledging who He was. One thief was cured of the sin virus, the other faced eternal death.
How about you, have you looked to Jesus, acknowledging that He is the Christ, the God-man, who died to pay for your sins and rose again from the grave? Jesus said, “Truly, truly I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life (cured from the sin virus)” (Jn. 5:24). The cure for sin is in a Person, Jesus Christ, God the Son, who took on the judgment for sin, so we could be cured. When we receive Him into our life as Lord and Savior, we have eternal life, for we have Jesus come to live in us. “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life. He who does not have the Son of God does not have the life” (I Jn. 5:11,12). Do you have the Son living in you? Then you have been “cured.”